Automeris metzli




widespread and fairly common throughout Central America from Mexico south to at least Panama and possibly northern Ecuador and western Colombia


large, up to at least 12 centimeter


more or less continuously when kept warm, but possibly with long(er) intervals between flights when rearing conditions are not favorable

Food plants:

polyphage with a preference for Rosaceae (Prunus, Malus, Rosa, Rubus, Crataegus, ...), also Quercus, Corylus, Fagus, Carpinus, Salix and probably many more


Very easy, suitable for children. Keep in spacious, well ventilated plastic containers when young, but move to netted cages when older. Watch out for condensation and do not give wet leaves. The large caterpillars are fast growing and ready to pupate in approximately  six to seven weeks . A living room temperature is enough. The pupal stage is under warm conditions approximately four to six weeks. Do not try to overwinter.