Stop! Hold it right there! Do not push that send button. In fact, just delete that email with which you were going to ask me whether I am absolutely sure that this is Periphoba rosacea. Let me tell you a secret: I do not see the difference between a Periphoba rosacea and a Periphoba arcaei. And I'm not the only one. This species was first described as Phricodia hircia f.rosacea, but later equated with arcaei. Apparently there wasn't enough evidence to support that these are two different species. Until 2010, when Brechlin & Meister decided that there is a rosacea species after all. It occurs in Mexico and maybe some other Central American countries. It is said that rosacea looks like a smaller arcaei with paler markings. And yes, the moths in the pictures below are significantly smaller then all the arcaei I ever had. However, they are definitely not paler. On the contrary, the colors of these moths are darker, more intense and with more contrast then any arcaei I've bred so far. So believe what you want, rosacea or a form of arcaei, they are fun to breed, no matter how they are called.
|Periphoba rosacea male - Origin: Mexico|
|Periphoba rosacea male - Origin:Mexico|
|Periphoba rosacea female - Origin: Mexico|