Caio chiapasiana




so far only known from Chiapas (Mexico)


around 13 cm


one flight annually in between June and August. Pupae overwinter. However in captivity often a second flight, late autumn (October/November)

Food plants:

Tilia is well accepted as alternative. In the wild Ceiba, Chorisia and related plants


An easy species, suitable for newcomers.  Keep warm (minimum room temperature), in spacious well ventilated plastic containers. The caterpillars tolerate company reasonably well, but do not overcrowd. Keep dry (avoid condensation and wet leaves, do not spray).  Fast growing. Ready to pupate within 5 weeks. When ready to pupate move to individual plastic containers lined with paper towels until they have pupated. Pupae usually overwinter (in an unheated frost free room not in the fridge), often a second flight in autumn when temperatures remain too high.


finding food plants when the second flight produces offspring