I bought some Automeris celata cocoons from Costa Rica recently. Imagine my disappointment when they hatched and turned out to be Automeris tridens. It's not that this one isn't a beautiful species. But I had my mind set on celata, which is a lot more difficult to get. The central American tridens flies from Mexico south to Costa Rica. They look similar to the related Automeris randa, only smaller and more intensely colored, especially the males. Males have a wingspan in between six and eight centimeter, females between eight and (almost) ten centimeter. Contrary to randa, tridens has multiple broods per year.
|Automeris tridens female - Origin: Costa Rica|
|Automeris tridens male - Origin: Costa Rica|