Friday, 26 February 2016

Silkmoth of the week: Periphoba rosacea

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
Periphoba rosacea male - Origin: Mexico

Periphoba rosacea male
Periphoba rosacea male - Origin:Mexico

Periphoba rosacea female
Periphoba rosacea female - Origin: Mexico

Friday, 5 February 2016

Silkmoth of the week: Hylesia praeda

It took a bit longer than expected for these moths to emerge. To see the caterpillars you have to go back to September 20th. Why they waited this long I do not know. I didn't made any changes. All this time the cocoons stayed in my living room and were sprayed once a week to keep them from drying out. Well, maybe it's because the days are getting longer again. This is one of the smaller species of giant silkmoths. The wingspan is only four (males) to a little over six (females) centimeters. Speaking of color: the caterpillars are definitely more interesting then the rather dull moths. This species flies in South America from Panama to Brazil in the east and Peru in the west.


Hylesia praeda female
Hylesia praeda female - Origin: French Guiana

Hylesia praeda female
Hylesia praeda female - Origin: French Guiana

Hylesia praeda female
Hylesia praeda female resting position

Hylesia praeda male
Hylesia praeda male defensive position

Hylesia praeda male
Hylesia praeda male - Origin: French Guiana