Giant Silk Moth (Copaxa syntheratoides) - Costa Rica

Jason Weigner

Santa Cruz, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)

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Male Giant Silk Moth or Saturniid Moth (Copaxa syntheratoides) from Valle de los Quetzales, Costa Rica, May 2009.

Giant Silkmoths are part of the family Saturniidae. Many rival butterflies in size and beauty but are less commonly seen since they are only active at night and adults only live long enough to find a mate and lay eggs. You will not see these moths in your flower garden since the adults do not eat. Females often will not fly at all until after they have mated and they are very clumsy fliers at that. Females emit pheromones to attract a male who may fly several miles in one night following her sent. Saturnids are most commonly encountered at lights at night and include the more well known Luna moth and Atlas moth.
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Nikon D80
1/200
F4.8
ISO 400
No Flash
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