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890075.1 – 7761   Rothschildia forbesi Benjamin, 1934
             Forbes' Silkmoth

© Cat Traylor
Distribution: Lower Rio Grande valley of Texas.
Type locality: Brownsville, TX.
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Synonymy: Rothschildia forbesi Benjamin, 1934
Rothschildia draudti Benjamin, 1934
Attacus lebeau of authors, (not Guérin-Méneville, 1868)
Rothschildia semiimmacula Gardiner, 1962
Taxonomic Notes: Rothschildia forbesi Benjamin, 1934, rev. stat. (St Laurent in Pohl & Nanz (eds.) 2023), was formerly treated as a subspecies of Rothschildia lebeau (Guérin-Méneville, 1868) by Tuskes et al. (1996) following Lemaire (1978).
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Benjamin, F.H., 1934. Notes on the genus Rothschildia in the United States . Pan-Pacific Entomologist, 10(1): 13.
  • 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.
  • Pohl, G. R. and S. R. Nanz (eds.), 2023. Annotated Taxonomic Checklist of the Lepidoptera of North America, North of Mexico. Wedge Entomological Research Foundation, Bakersfield, California, xiv + 580 pp. (order).
  • 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 forbesi
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Rothschildia forbesi
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Rothschildia forbesi
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Rothschildia forbesi
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