Cerconota anonella is the most important pest of the Annonaceae in the Neotropical region for larval damage, which can result in 60 to 100% losses in fruit production. However information on the pest's biology is scarce. This research compared different artificial diets for rearing C. anonella under laboratory conditions (25.0 ± 1.0 °C; 60 ± 5.0% RH and 14 h photophase). Five diets were compared: A (bean, soybean meal, wheatgerm, casein and yeast), B (maize flour, wheatgerm and yeast), C (wheatgerm and casein), D (wheatgerm and soybean) and E (wheatgerm and soybean). In diet E, the amount of wheatgerm was higher than that in dietD. The results indicated that diet E was the most suitable one for the development of C. anonella.