Anisota virginiensis (Drury, 1773)

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USA - Texas
North: June - July
South: April - May and 2nd brood in September
Easy. Daytime, best in small rearing cage outside.
1 - 2
14 Days
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!

Anisota virginiensis 4th instar © E. van Schayck

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