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890074 – 7759   Samia cynthia (Drury, 1773)
             Ailanthus Silkmoth

© Steve Walter - Jamaica Bay Queens, NY, 2001
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  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: • Phalaena cynthia Drury, 1773
• Philosamia advena Watson, 1912
• Bombyx ailanthi Weil, 1863
• Samia? aurotus Fabricius, 1787
• Philosamia eulouvaina Watson, 1914
• Attacus parisiensis Clιment, 1902
• Samia? vera Girard, 1863
• Attacus walkeri Felder & Felder, 1862
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Ferguson, D. C., 1972. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 20.2b: p. 215; pl. 16.8. order or free PDF
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Species Page at Mass Moths
Samia cynthia
© Janice Stiefel
Samia cynthia
© Janice Stiefel
Samia cynthia
© Janice Stiefel
5th instar

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