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Subspecies Citheronia splendens sinaloensis

Thorny c-pillar - Citheronia splendens Splended royal moth, Citheronia splendens sinaloensis - Citheronia splendens Citheronia splendens sinaloensis - Citheronia splendens Caterpillar on wild cotton - Citheronia splendens Splendid Royal Moth - Citheronia splendens Citheronia splendens egg - Citheronia splendens Citheronia splendens sinaloensis - Citheronia splendens Citheronia splendens sinaloensis? - Citheronia splendens
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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 Ceratocampinae (Royal Moths)
Genus Citheronia
Species splendens (Splendid Royal Moth - Hodges#7707)
Subspecies sinaloensis (Citheronia splendens sinaloensis)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Citheronia splendens sinaloensis Hoffmann, 1942
Explanation of Names
Sinaloa is a state along the northwest coast of Mexico.
Size
forewing length 4.7-7.0 cm(1)
Range
southeastern Arizona and Mexico(1)
Season
Adults fly July and August. (1)
Food
Squawbush Rhus trilobata (Anacardiaceae) (listed here)
Tuskes (1986) listed the following host plants. (2)
Desert Cotton Gossypium thurberi (Malvaceae).
Pointleaf Manzanita Arctostaphylos pungens (Ericaceae).
Evergreen Sumac Rhus virens choriophylla (Anacardiaceae).
Life Cycle
Tuskes (1986) describes five instars. (2)
The female deposits 1-4 eggs on the host plant leaves. Pupation occurs deep underground. (2)
Print References
Ferguson, D.C., 1971. The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 20.2a, p. 34; pl. 3.2-3. (3)
Hoffmann, 1942. An. Inst. Biol. Univ. Auton. Méx. 13: 163-194
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America, Pl. 35.6m; p. 237. (1)
Tuskes, P. M., 1986. Biology and Immature Stages of Citheronia splendens sinaloensis and Eacles oslari in Arizona (Saturnidae). Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, 40(4): 264. (2)
Tuskes, P.M., J.P. Tuttle, M.M. Collins, 1996. The Wild Silk Moths of North America: A Natural History of the Saturniidae of the United States and Canada. p. 63 (preview). (4)
Internet References
Moths of Southeastern Arizona - photos of pinned adult, larvae, pupa
Bill Oehlke's Silkmoths - species page with rearing tips and substitute food plants
Works Cited
1.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
2.Biology and immature stages of Citheronia splendens sinaloensis and Eacles oslari in Arizona (Saturnidae)
Paul M. Tuskes. 1986. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, 40(4): 264- 270.
3.MONA - Saturniidae
D.C. Ferguson. 1971. E.W. Classey & R.D.B. Publications Inc.
4.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.