Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Adeloneivaia isara

Family: Saturniidae
Subfamily: Ceratocampinae
Identification: Females are slightly larger than males. Forewings are narrow and have rounded outer margins in females and straight outer margins in males. Upperside is brownish yellow to dark orange; both wings with a faint postmedian line. Hindwing is pink along the inner margin.
Wing Span: 1 5/8 - 2 5/8 inches (4.1 - 6.6 cm).
Life History: Adults fly during the night. Females lay eggs on the leaves of the host plant. Fully-grown caterpillars build a chamber in the soil in which to pupate.
Flight: Collected in early July in Arizona. Has 4 broods from May-December in Costa Rica.
Caterpillar Hosts: Various Lysiloma species, in the pea family (Fabaceae).
Adult Food: Adults do not feed.
Habitat: Dry thorn scrub in Mexico, dry tropical forests in Costa Rica.
Range: Peloncillo Mountains of southeastern Arizona south through Mexico to Costa Rica.
Conservation: All United States populations should be monitored and inventoried to determine conservation and management needs.
Management Needs: None reported.
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