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Mexican agapema
Agapema anona


Family: Saturniidae
Subfamily: Saturniinae
Identification: Geographically variable. Antennae are dark. Females are larger than males. Upperside of wings ranges from gray through grayish brown to brown. Female hindwing is mostly gray. In males the forewing eyespot often touches the median line. Black mark at the forewing tip runs parallel to the median line.
Wing Span: 2 3/8 - 3 5/16 inches (6 - 8.4 cm).
Life History: Females lay large groups of eggs on the host plants. The eggs overwinter and hatch from January-April. Cocoons are spun in branches of the host plants during April and May.
Flight: Emergence peaks from October-November.
Caterpillar Hosts: Knife-leaf condalia (Condalia spathulata), green snakewood (Condalia viridis), and javelina bush (Microrhamnus ericoides).
Adult Food: Adults do not feed.
Habitat: Desert foothills, arroyos, plains, plateaus, and alluvial fans.
Range: Southern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico; southeastern New Mexico and west Texas; South Texas plains; and Mexico.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Comments: NULL