Superfamily Bombycoidea (Silkworm, Sphinx, and Royal Moths)
Family Saturniidae (Giant Silkworm and Royal Moths)
Subfamily Saturniinae (Silkmoths)
Other Common Names
group sometimes called "Emperor 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.
Contributed by Cotinis on 13 December, 2005 - 10:18am Additional contributions by Chuck Entz Last updated 3 April, 2012 - 9:55am
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