Citheronia bellavista




from southern Mexico to Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela


In between 8/10 (males) and 10/13 (females) cm


more or less continuously with up to 3 flights annually

Food plants:

Prunus, Rhus, Liquidambar


A somewhat more challenging species.  Keep warm and clean. The first 3 instars in well ventilated plastic containers. Older caterpillars in very large 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 flights is variable (4 weeks to several months). 


avoid moist conditions, do not overcrowd and give the caterpillars plenty of space