Rhodinia fugax fugax (Butler, 1877)

Origin :
Flight time :
Overwintering :
Pairing :
Broods :
Egg stage :
Foodplants :
October - November
Easy, 2-3 Hours
2 weeks after getting into warmth
Acer, Castanea, Crataegus, Fagus, Platanus, Prunus  
padus (maybe also other sp.), Quercus, Salix
This species is not difficult to rear. Eggs can overwinter in the  
refrigerator, but should not stay to long in cold storage, because the  
caterpillars won't emerge any more. Best is to get them out end of  
March. So you need to get food plants warm to get leafs early  
enough. After getting the eggs into the warmth, they take around 2  
weeks to emerge. From 1st to 3rd instar the caterpillars eat together,  
and from 4th instar on separate. Full grown caterpillars measures  
around 7 cm. When you disturb them, they make some noise! Cocoons  
are spun among leaves, with a little hole in the bottom. The moths  
emerge in the Fall in the evening. Pairing should be easy in a small  
cage around 18°C [65°F].

Rhodinia fugax fugax 5th instar © G. Saunders

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