SUBFAMILY SATURNINAE: TRIBE SATURNINI: GENUS COPAXA
Copaxa are large moths that rest with spread wings. They have prominent discal spots and can typically be recognised by a silver leading edge to the forewing.
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Gallery 1 Copaxa canella
Distribution - Alto Paraná, Canindeyú
Host Plants - Laurus, Nectandra, Phoebe (Oehlke World´s Largest Saturniidae Site)
Wingspan - male 125mm, female 145mm (Oehlke World´s Largest Saturniidae Site)
FIGURE 1a - Copaxa canella male - specimen from, Departamento Canindeyú (Ulf Drechsel www.pybio.org).
Gallery 2 Copaxa decrescens
Distribution - Alto Paraná, Caaguazú, Caazapá, Canindeyú, Guairá, Itapúa, San Pedro
Host Plants - Persea, Quercus, Salix (Oehlke World´s Largest Saturniidae Site)
Wingspan - male 90-120mm, female 105-125mm (Oehlke World´s Largest Saturniidae Site)
FIGURE 2a - Copaxa decrescens male - Mbaracayú Biosphere Reserve, Departmento Canindeyú (Paul Smith October 2008).
FIGURE 2b - Copaxa decrescens male ventral - PROCOSARA, PN San Rafael (Paul Smith September 2008).
FIGURE 2c - Copaxa decrescens male dorsal - PROCOSARA, PN San Rafael (Paul Smith September 2008).
FIGURE 2d - Copaxa decrescens female - PROCOSARA, PN San Rafael (Paul Smith September 2008).
Gallery 3 Copaxa flavina
Distribution - Alto Paraná, Canindeyú, Concepción, Cordillera, Caazapá, Guairá, Itapúa, Paraguarí, San Pedro
Host Plants - Persea (Oehlke World´s Largest Saturniidae Site)
Wingspan - no information
FIGURE 3a - Copaxa flavina flavina male - Hotel Tirol, Departamento Itapúa (Paul Smith August 2006).
Thanks to Bill Oehlke and Ulf Drechsel for assistance with Emperor Moth identification.
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