Actias isis male © G. Saunders
Actias isis (Sonthonnax, 1897)

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Sulawesi, Indonesia
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12-14 days
Liquidamber, Salix, Eucalypthus, Malus sylvestris,  
Rosa
A very delicate species! Eggs should be kept warm and humid, and the  
young caterpillars emerge in around 12 days. There is not much  
information about breeding, but some people did rear them separate in  
small boxes, and in later instar they put them with 3-4 together. This  
was for precaution. Best to keep them warm and humid in early  
instars, around 28-30C, but don't spray them! Adults emerge 6 weeks  
later. Pairing is brief in the night at 03:00-04:00, sometimes  
handpairing is needed. use a small cage and warm conditions. Males   
won't be good for long, only 2-3 days, to use them for pairing.

Interestingly the females don't tend to lay eggs the first night after  
pairing. They appear to need one night to mature.
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