Rothschild Silkmoth

(Rothschildia lebeau)

Rothschild Silkmoth
Native to: 

South America north through Central America to the southern coast of Texas

Plant Association: 

Larvae feed on a wide variety of plants including Zanthoxylum fagara, Fraxinus berlandieriana, Salix, Prunus persica, Citrus, and Acacia. Adult moths have no mouthparts and do not feed.  

Interesting Fact: 

Adult moths emerge in the evening, and mate between the hours of 10 p.m. and midnight.

Photograph by: 
Beth Giglio