South America, from French Guiana, Brazil and Bolivia south to Paraguay and Argentina
In between 6,5/9 (males) and 9/11 (females) cm. One of the smaller species in the genus
more or less continuously, depending on temperature and humidity
Prunus (serotina), Liquidambar, Juglans, Rhus, Schinus, Malosma, Ligustrum ovalifolium
An easy species, suitable for newcomers. 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 somewhere between 6 and 10 weeks, depending on temperature and humidity. When kept cool and somewhat drier the pupal stage can be several months. However it is best to treat them as a continually brooding species and to keep the pupae warm (room temperature).