Argema mittrei male © A. Marson
Argema mittrei (Guerin-Meneville, 1847)

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Small time
Not easy, handpairing
3 weeks or more
Liquidambar, Rhus, Cotinus coggygria, Rosae?
This isn't the easiest species to rear, but with the following tips you  
should be able to rear them. The Caterpillars take around 3 weeks to  
hatch, but I did get information that if you spray the eggs after 4-5  
weeks, there are still caterpillars hatching! Worth a try. The first 3  
instars can be kept in closed containers, but only 1-3 together.  
Temperature around 25 or higher. Keep it very clean, and put some  
toilet paper on the bottom. From 4th instar they can be kept on  
bottled food plants and airy conditions. They like to drink a lot, so you  
can spray them 2-4 times a day (warm water!). Most people try to  
rear them on eucalyptus, but it seems they die in the latest instars.  
Liquidamber should be the best choice, and I also heart wild Rosa is  
good. But I have no further information to confirm that. When the  
caterpillars did spin there cocoon, and kept warm, they should hatch  
in around 4 weeks. Pairing is not easy, and should be obtained with  

Matt: "I raised my mittrei outside this fall and they survived temps  
down to 8C and achieved great size.  They did well in overall cool  
temps, sprayed or rained on almost daily which appeared to make a  
big difference.  They seemed to prefer to eat in the rain and wet,  
which makes sense from where they live high in Madagascar."

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