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Genus Antheraea

Large green cat - Antheraea polyphemus Antheraea oculea - male What kind of Moth? - Antheraea polyphemus ?Moth  - Antheraea polyphemus What kind of moths are these? - Antheraea polyphemus unknown moth - Antheraea polyphemus - male geometer moth? - Antheraea polyphemus - male Huge Moth - Antheraea polyphemus
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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 Saturniini
Genus Antheraea
Numbers lists just one species, A. polyphemus, for North America.
Tuskes, pp. 179-182 describe a former subspecies of A. polyphemus as a separate species, A. oculea (1)
Holland said genus (Telea) is found in the new world, with just 2-3 species. (2) Since that time, genus Telea has been combined with an old world genus, Antheraea. This has about 40 species, including four in New World, and two have been introduced into Europe.
Though BugGuide emphasizes North America, it is interesting to see Old World relatives of our one member of this genus. Members of the genus from the New World are able to hybridize, and produce viable offspring, with members from the Old World. This helps validate the placing of both groups of species in the same genus. (1)
Print References
Tuskes, pp. 176-182 (1)
Holland, pp. 87-89 (2)
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.
2.The Moth Book
W.J. Holland. 1968. Dover.