Actias dubernardi male © G. Saunders
Actias dubernardi (Oberthur, 1897)

Origin :
Flight time :
Overwintering :
Pairing :
Broods :
Egg stage :
Foodplants :
South China
Several broods
Very short, in the night / morning
Several broods
11 Days
Pinus sylvestris, Picea, Pseudotsugo meniesii, Larix
This species is medium difficult to rear. Some say they need to be put  
in humid conditions, others in dry. Caterpillars must first drink after  
emerging. You can put the young caterpillars onto the food plant with  
a pencil. You can put them in a dark place so they start to feed.  
Caterpillars die easy when going into the next instar. I put some tissue  
on the bottom and spray them. On top a dry tissue, and then the  
foodplant. This will give some humidity in a closed box, so the  
caterpillars will survive. Clean daily! In later instar it is better to keep  
them separate, not to many with each other, and open condition for  
some airflow. It is a Mountain species, so it is best to keep them  
below  22°C

Cocoons should be kept a little bit humid. Temperature not above 22-
23°C! Pairing is not very difficult. For helping the female to deposit the  
eggs, you can put some feeding plants inside the cage. If you keep  
the cocoons in cold storage, they overwinter.

* NOTE: Some people say they don't do well on cut foodplants. If you  
use potted plants, and rear them inside, you could best spray them  
every day to prevent dehydration of the caterpillars.

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