Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Forbes' Silkmoth
Rothschildia forbesi (Benjamin, 1934)


Family: Saturniidae
Subfamily: Saturniinae
Identification: Larvae strongly resemble cincta caterpillars, but forbesi have more pronounced yellow dorsal scoli tipped with fine black spines.
Wing Span: 10.0-12.5 cm.
Life History: Two generations.
Flight: February-April and September-November.
Caterpillar Hosts: Caterpillars feed on a wide range of native and introduced plants including lime prickly ash (Zanthoxylum fagara), Mexican ash (Fraxinus berlandieriana), willow (Salix), peach (Prunus persica), citrus (Citrus), and acacia (Acacia).
Adult Food:
Habitat:
Range: South America north through Central America and Mexico to the lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas.
Conservation:
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Comments: NULL