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Genus Callosamia

Callosamia angulifera - male Callosamia promethea - female Sweet Bay Moth - Callosamia securifera - female Promethea Moth - Callosamia promethea promethea moth - Callosamia promethea - female Moth - Callosamia angulifera Callosamia angulifera - female Moths at dusk - Callosamia promethea - male - female
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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 Callosamia
Explanation of Names
Author of the genus is Packard, 1864. Callo is Latin for thick-skinned. Samia is from Roman mythology. Samia was a daughter of Meander, a river god, and also, an important river in Asia Minor. Most species in the genus were originally classified under Samia. (Based on Internet searches.)
C. promethea is found in eastern North America. C. angulifera is more eastern and does not range as far north. C. securifera is found in the southeast.
Print References
Tuskes, pp. 194-200 plate 23--adults, plate 5--larvae.
Internet References