Citheronia azteca




southern Mexico (Chiapas) Guatemala and Belize


In between 10 (males) and 15 (females) cm


one or two flights annually in between June and September (October). Pupae overwinter

Food plants:

Prunus (serotina), Juglans, Liquidambar, Rhus, Schinus


An easy species, suitable for newcomers.  Keep warm and clean. The first 3 instars in well ventilated plastic containers. Older caterpillars in a netted cage (or in very spacious and very well ventilated plastic containers). Fast growing and ready to pupate within 4 weeks. Citheronia do not make a cocoon. When ready to pupate treat like Sphingidae and other underground pupating species. The pupal stage in between 2 flights  is short (approximately 4 weeks). The pupae from the last flight overwinter in a cool, unheated room. Do not store in the fridge.


they easily get sick under humid conditions. Keep dry.