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890075.10 – 7761 – Rothschildia lebeau forbesi Benjamin, 1934 – Forbes' Silkmoth

© Cat Traylor
Distribution: Lower Rio Grande valley of Texas
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Taxonomic Notes: Rothschildia lebeau forbesi Benjamin, 1934, formerly treated as full species in Hodges et al. (1983) (Checklist) following Ferguson (1972), is returned to subspecies status by Tuskes et al. (1996) following Lemaire (1978). All other subspecies of lebeau are found south of the United States. Differences in DNA barcode would seem to better support full species status, comment by Steve Nanz (11/2/2019).
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: Some specimens shown may not be sequenced. DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness not proof of identification.
  • Ferguson, D. C., 1972. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 20.2b: p. 224; pl. 17.4-5, 8. order or free PDF
  • Lemaire, C., 1978. Les Attacidae américains. Attacinae [The American Attacidae. Attacinae]. Lemaire, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France., 1: 1-238.
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Tuskes, P.M., J.P. Tuttle, M.M. Collins, 1996. The wild silk moths of North America: a natural history of the Saturniidae of the United States and Canada. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY & London, UK, available in Books to Borrow at Internet Archive.
Rothschildia lebeau forbesi
© Cat Traylor
Rothschildia lebeau forbesi
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Rothschildia lebeau forbesi
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Rothschildia lebeau forbesi
– © Texas Lepidoptera Survey

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