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Family Saturniidae - Giant Silkworm and Royal Moths

Luna Moth - Actias luna 2nd and 3rd instar cecropia larvae - Hyalophora cecropia Moth 5 - Eacles oslari Moth - Anisota Pink & Orange beautiful moth (Notodontidae?) - Anisota stigma What species of caterpillar is this? - Hemileuca nevadensis Rosy Maple Moth - Dryocampa rubicunda Automeris io - female
Show images of: caterpillars · adults · both
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Bombycoidea (Silkworm, Sphinx, and Royal Moths)
Family Saturniidae (Giant Silkworm and Royal Moths)
Explanation of Names
Named after the type genus, Saturnia, which was itself named after Juno, the queen of the gods in Roman mythology. One of her other names was Saturnia, because she was daughter of the god Saturn.
Numbers
Approximately 75 species in our area.
Size
Largest moths in our area, some have a 150 mm wingspan. The smallest ones have a wingspan of a little over 25 mm.
Identification
Check out this article to see thumbnails of all the giant silkworm and royal moths together on one page.
Range
The greatest variety occurs in the Neotropics, with some in other world regions.
Habitat
Mostly tropical and subtropical.
Food
Larvae feed on a wide range of plants. Adults do not feed.
Life Cycle
Most overwinter as pupae and have only one generation a year.
Adults live a very short period as they do not feed and only reproduce.
Remarks
Some are serious defoliators.
A few Asiatic species have been used for commercial silk production. The North American ones haven't proved useful.
Internet References
Moths of Southeastern Arizona live and pinned images of various life stages of 26 species, plus common names for each, but classification follows Hodges checklist of 1983, now outdated (Bruce Walsh, U. of Arizona)
pinned adult image thumbnails of 21 species occurring in Canada (CBIF)