Asthenia lactucina

Milky Asthenia

Asthenia lactucina, Saturniid moth image from Guyana


Family: Saturniidae

Subfamily: Oxyteninae


Synonym: Therinia lactucina.

This species was described by the Dutch entomologist Pieter Cramer, who had collected extensively in Surinam. His masterwork De uitlandsche Kapellen voorkomende in de drie Waereld-Deelen Asia, Africa en America was published in parts from 1775 to 1782. It was the first work on world Lepidoptera to use the new Linnean binomial system.

Photo location: Along the Rupununi River, Guyana.

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