Automeris lauta




southern Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras


between seven and nine and a half centimeters


probably two  flight annually (April and again late June to August). In captivity  continuously when kept warm

Food plants:

Prunus (does very well on Prunus serotina and Prunus laurocerasus)


Very easy, suitable for newcomers. Keep in spacious, well ventilated plastic containers. Watch out for condensation and do not give wet leaves . A living room temperature is enough.  Actually they don't require anything special. Just keep the containers clean and make sure they have enough fresh food.  Fast growing (even late in the season) and ready to pupate within seven weeks.  Will brood continuously. At living room temperature adults emerge after a pupal stage of five to six weeks. Probably even faster during summer when warmer.