My "fledgeling" collection of breeder Saturniid moths only numbers around 35 specimens; so getting anything new and of the "quality" I desire is a triumph of sorts.... Recently, my loving and thoughtful wife said that if I could find something exotic for my collection that was reasonable in cost I could get it as a gift for Christmas. I have long desired to have at least one of these as I have watched others post their specimens over the last 4 years or so.
So, here is my breeder example of Lobobunaea phaedusa christyi. A beautiful species with opaque pink patches and wing margins set against a background of light brown. The falcate forewings only accentuate the species presence.
That is stunning, as a child I used to breed Antherea eucalyptus in Australia, average were brown /fawn males and grey females. But, every so often there would appear orange pairs, and over a few years I bred out females same colouration as yours and of a huge size by changing food plant from Eucalyptus to , am unsure of botanical name, Liquid Amber trees.
I wish I knew how people manage to spread big fuzzy Saturnids like this without flattening the scales and leaving a faint mark where the spreading board strips were! Any advice?
Get a book of glassine sheets at an art supply store; cut "blocks" rather than strips, wide enough to cover the full wing width. The "books" come in various sizes and are cheap, especially if you have a coupon (available online) for someone such as Hobby Lobby or JoAnn.