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Cincta rothschildia
Rothschildia cincta


Family: Saturniidae
Subfamily: Saturniinae
Identification: Wings are chocolate brown to reddish brown; large clear spots on each wing are separated from the evenly toothed postmedian band. White portion of the postmedian band is wider than that of R. lebeau.
Wing Span: 3 15/16 - 5 1/8 inches (10 - 13 cm).
Life History: Adults in Sonora, Mexico mate in the early morning and females lay eggs in clusters beginning at dusk. Young caterpillars are gregarious feeders, but older ones are solitary. The cocoon is attached to a twig by a strong silk stem.
Flight: One brood in Arizona from July-August.
Caterpillar Hosts: Limberbush (Jatropha), Coursetia glandulosa, velvet pod mimosa (Mimosa dysocarpa), and Mexican jumping bean (Sapium biloculare).
Adult Food: Adults do not feed.
Habitat: Diverse habitats ranging from dry desert to riparian areas.
Range: Southeastern Arizona south into Sonora, Mexico.
Conservation: All United States populations should be conserved and monitored.
NCGR: GU - Unable to assign rank due to lack of available information.
Management Needs: None reported.
Comments: NULL

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