Silk Moths and Silkworm Moths

Giant Silk Moths and Royal Moths, members of the Saturniidae family, make up about 70 species of the moths in North America. They include our largest moths, which generally have furry bodies and small heads. The adults do not have mouth parts, so they cannot feed, and they die off in a few days after emerging from their large cocoons. Their common name stems from the large, silken cocoons which are spun by the larvae. The Silkworm moths are members of the Bombycidae family. These moths are mostly found in the tropics, except for 2 species that are widespread in North America, The Angel and the Spotted Apatelodes.

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