With a wingspan of more then ten centimeters, Automeris mixtus is one of the largest of the Automeris species. They occur in tropical South America (at least Peru and Ecuador), from sealevel to 400 m. This species is identical to Automeris larra and can only be identified correctly based on DNA analysis. They must be kept warm year round as they have multiple broods. The caterpillars grow very large and have long spikes that sting like nettles. So handle with care, but that goes for all Automeris species.
|Automeris mixtus male - Origin: Ecuador|
|Automeris mixtus L7 on Rubus fruticosa|