Automeris excreta




southern half of Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala


eight to ten  centimeter for the males. Females larger (up to eleven centimeter)


In captivity continuously

Food plants:

Prunus (does very well on serotina, lusitanica and laurocerasus). Also Quercus and Salix


Easy, suitable for newcomers. Keep in spacious, well ventilated plastic containers or in netted cages when older. Watch out for condensation and do not give wet leaves. ,A living room temperature is enough , though they grow faster when warmer.. Fully grown in six to seven weeks. Do not overcrowd in the final instar, keep very clean and make sure the food remains fresh. When kept warm the pupal stage is short (approximately three weeks). Do not try to overwinter as pupae, just let them emerge.