An adult female moth of the species Citheronia lobesis
June 1, 2010
A wild adult female moth, species Citheronia lobesis (Saturniidae). Her forewing is about six centimeters in length. Her large abdomen contains about 150 eggs, which she will lay in the next five days and will hatch in about six days. This is one of the focal animals being used in a research project conducted at the tropical microbial observatory. The project "Collaborative Research on Microbial Diversity in Caterpillars," explores the microbial diversity and ecosystem found in the guts of caterpillars who feed on Spondias mombin (Anacardiaceae), the project's focal tree. The target location for the project is Conservacion Guanacaste in northwestern Costa Rica, where a National Science Foundation-supported inventory of caterpillars is being collected.
Topics: Environment, Anacardiaceae, Moths, Lepidoptera, Costa Rica, National Science Foundation, Citheronia sepulcralis, Citheronia azteca, Citheronia lobesis, Spondias, Flora, Saturniidae, Caterpillar, Botany, Biology