Here's a few of the silkmoths that we caught at REGUA's Guapi Assu Bird Lodge back in September.
|Imperial Moth Eacles imperialis, Guapi Assu Bird Lodge, 20 September 2012|
|Adeloneivaia boisduvali, Guapi Assu Bird Lodge, 14 September 2012|
|Male Syssphinx molina, Guapi Assu Bird Lodge, 12 September 2012|
|Female Syssphinx molina, Guapi Assu Bird Lodge, 20 September 2012|
|Male Automeris annulata, Guapi Assu Bird Lodge, 14 September 2012. When|
disturbed this moth would face towards me, tilt forward slightly and open it's
wings to reveal the eye-like markings on the hindwings.
|Male Automeris annulata, Guapi Assu Bird Lodge, 14 September 2012. Close |
up of the head. The eyes are below the antennae.
|An old Automeris cinctistriga, Guapi Assu Bird Lodge, 21 September 2012|
|Male Copaxa decrescens, Guapi Assu Bird Lodge, 20 September 2012. I should|
have placed a scale next to this moth. It was the same size as my hand!
Some invaluable images to help with silkmoth identification can be found here.
Note, the commercially bred Domesticated Silkmoth Bombyx mori, the caterpillar of which has been used to produce commercial silk for over 5,000 years, is not a saturniid but actually a domesticated form of the Wild Silkmoth Bombyx mandarina, from the Bombycidae family.