Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1044078

Forbes' Silkmoth
Rothschildia forbesi

Observation date: May 16, 2015
Submitted by: micha956
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: There were actually two of them stuck together at their ends. They were found on a peach tree. Almost ran into them while cutting the yard. One was bigger than the other. Weather was warm and humid that day...had rained the day before.
Status: Resident
Verified by: stomlins701
Verified date: May 17, 2015
Coordinator notes: This is a male and female in copula (mating).The female (open wings with smaller antennae) is probably the larger of the two. Peach is one known foodplant of the caterpillar of this species. I think I see a cocoon on the tree at the fingertips in the photo. If so, the female emerged and attracted the male to the site the night before. SAT
Checklist region(s): United States, Texas, Hidalgo County