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Species Automeris zephyria - Zephyr Eyed Silkmoth - Hodges#7749

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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)
Subfamily Hemileucinae (Buck and Io Moths)
Tribe Hemileucini
Genus Automeris
Species zephyria (Zephyr Eyed Silkmoth - Hodges#7749)
Hodges Number
7749
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Automeris zephyria Grote(1), 1882
Size
Wingspan: 8 - 10.4 cm
Range
Central New Mexico mountains south into the Guadalupe Mountains of west Texas. Only known from east of the Rio Grande.
Food
Larval food: Primarily Oaks (Quercus) and Mountain Mohogany (Cercocarpus), also occasionally found on Willows (Salix sp.), Rose (Rosa sp.), Plum & Cherry (Prunus sp.), and occasionally on several other deciduous woody genera. Will readily accept a variety of genera and species in captivity, including Apple (Malus sp.), Redbud (Cercis sp.), etc.
Adults do not feed
Remarks
Texas Parks & Wildlife considers this to be a "Species of Greatest Conservation Need" (SGCN) (2)
Print References
Barnes, Wm, & F.H. Benjamin, 1924. New species and forms of Lepidoptera (Heterocera). Entomological News Philadelphia, 35: p. 12. (3)
Ferguson, D.C., 1972. The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 20.2b. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation, p. 168; pl. 13.4-6. (4)
Grote, A.R., 1882. The Canadian Entomologist, 14: 215.
Packard(5), A.S.,1914. Monograph of the Bombycine moths of North America. Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences, 12: p. 105.
Powell, J.A. & P. . Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California press[/i], plate 37, fig 2; p. 240. (6)