Rothschildia orizaba




from Mexico to Panama. Further south things become more shady. Orizaba is also reported from Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela, in a number of subspecies. However, some of these subspecies have been elevated to full species status.


In between 12 and 15 cm


Depending on the subspecies one to three flights. The cocoons overwinter.

Food plants:

Ligustrum, Fraxinus, Prunus


An easy species. Rear warm (in between 25 and 30 °C during the day), dry and clean in spacious, well ventilated, plastic containers (or in a netted cage when older). Ready to pupate within 4 weeks (or less when kept very warm). The pupal stage in between 2 flights is variable depending on your rearing conditions (3 to 4 weeks to several months). The cocoons of the last flight can overwinter in an unheated (frost free) room until spring. The fridge is not recommended.