Citheronia laocoon

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Citheronia laocoon
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Saturniidae
Genus: Citheronia
Species: C. laocoon
Binomial name
Citheronia laocoon
(Cramer, 1777)[1]
  • Phaleana Attacus laocoon Cramer, 1777
  • Citheronia anassa Hübner, 1820
  • Eacles cacicus Walker, 1855
  • Ceratocampa ixion Boisduval, 1868
  • Citheronia princeps Walker, 1855

Citheronia laocoon is a species of moth in the family Saturniidae. It is found from the Guianas south to northern Argentina.[2]


Females are yellowish black.[3] Males have a bold yellow stripe that narrows as it runs toward the trailing edge of the forewing.

The larvae feed on Prunus (including Prunus larocerasus) and Ligustrum ovalifolium.[4] They are green with red.