Citheronia beledonon (Dyar, 1912)

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Municipio de Alamos, Sonora, Mexico
July and September
Should be easy, 20 Hours
10 days
Rhus, Prunus, Vitex, Arctostaphylos, Gossypium Ligustrum,
There can be 2 generations (July and September), but if kept
cold, only 1. Eggs hatch approximately 10 days after laying.
Rearing conditions should be warm (always above 70 F) and
humid (50-90 % RH). Larvae should be misted and allowed to
drink daily. Larvae should not be crowded and resent
disturbance, but are generally easy to rear. Pupation occurs in
moist soil. After pupae harden they can be kept completely
dry. Summer brood pupae should be kept warm (above 60 F),
but pupae that overwinter can tolerate cool conditions (40-45
F for short periods) and some cold, but should not be
refrigerated.  Periods < 0 ° C must be avoided. Pupae can be
placed on an absorbent material in a standard emergence
cage. No special treatment is needed for emergence.
Citheronia beledonon female © M. Fischer

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