Citheronia laocoon




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

Food plants:

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).