USA - Texas
North: June - July
South: April - May and 2nd brood in September
Easy. Daytime, best in small rearing cage outside.
1 - 2
Virginiensis is the most widespread species of Anisota. In the UK you
need a permit to have this one. Eggs are first yellow, but when fertile,
they turn into red-brown. The caterpillars are very gregarious, and
easy to rear on watered branches. Best results are in airy cages, not
in closed containers. Don't use to young leaves, the caterpillars then
easily die. The caterpillars pupate underground. Moths emerge and
pair at daytime, in small open cages. Overwintering of the pupa can
be in closed containers in the refrigerator or outside in a garage.
Anisota species can be a pest! So never release them in Wild!