Walter's Silk Moth
This beautiful Saturnid species is found in Southern California. It can be captured flying in the day if you are very lucky. Most common in the San Diego area. This species was first described by the late Eric Walters. When I was a highschool kid (or a high school kid?) I played hooky one day to join Mr. Walters on a field trip to San Diego. I caught one adult female on the wing, which we put in a cage on premises. A male came and mated with her. That glorius union was the beginning of rearing stock that is probably still going today. The moths in this picture came from cocoons I purchased from a private collector in San Diego. I managed to mate another pair in captivity and reared the larvae on Laurel Sumac (Rhus laurina). I am anxiously awaiting my cocoons to eclose in March.