VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: These eggs are shipped from Spain. Unfortunately, giving the current Covid-19 pandemia, postal service has experienced random delays in deliveries. This is the reason why we DO NOT assume responsibility for eggs hatching during travel for any eggs order which is sent outside Spain. As always we will try to reship or refund when possible, but this cannot be guaranteed. If you order from Italy, we do offer full reship or refund as always, in case of any problem.
Automeris io, eggs for sale.
Automeris io, the Io moth, is an outstanding Saturniidae species. It can be found through North and Central America. It feeds on a wide variety of plants including Fagaceae, Salicaceae and Rosaceae. We reared them on Rosa sp. in the past and they did very well. Caterpillars are gregarious until last instar (L6), when they tend to spread on the hostplants. It’s very important to keep them together in early instars, since trying to separate them will lead to certain losses. They don’t like to be disturbed, indeed better you don’t try since these caterpillars have sharp spines that are quite hurticating! As many Hemileucinae, their caterpillar stage last a bit longer than other Saturniidae, taking at least 2 months to fully develop.
To increase the chances of pairing, put them outside or near an open window and make the female hang from the top of the cage. In this way it will be easier for the male to grab on her and