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Genus Rothschildia

Forbes' Silkmoth - Rothschildia forbesi - male Ova - rothschildia lebeau forbesi - Forbes' Silkmoth eggs - Rothschildia forbesi Finally a Forbes! close-up - Rothschildia forbesi Cincta Silkmoth 3rd Instar - Rothschildia cinctus Rothschildia lebeau forbesi - Rothschildia forbesi - female Rothschildia lebeau forbesi - Rothschildia forbesi - female Rothschildia forbesi? - Rothschildia forbesi Rothschildia cincta - Rothschildia cinctus - male
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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)
Subfamily Saturniinae (Silkmoths)
Tribe Attacini
Genus Rothschildia
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Rothschildia Grote, 1896
Tuskes, p. 187, lists two species that just make it into North America, as treated here: R. lebeau and R. cincta. (1)
As mentioned, only 2 species are listed from the USA with mention of 2 other taxa as rare incidentals in se. TX:
R. cincta (Arizona)
R. lebeau forbesi, syn. R. forbesi (se. Texas)
*NOTE: Two other species in this Genus have been reported to rarely enter SE Texas:
Jorulla silkmoth (R. jorulla) and Orizaba silkmoth (R. orizaba)

This is a rather speciose Genus exclusive to the New World with dozens of species and subspecies.
Works Cited
1.The Wild Silk Moths of North America: A Natural History of the Saturniidae of the United States and Canada
Paul M. Tuskes, James P. Tuttle, Michael M. Collins. 1996. Cornell University Press.