Lemonia taraxaci



Central Europe, from (southeast) France east throughout Russia as far east as Siberia


In between 4,5 and 6,5 centimeter


From late August to early October. In captivity sometimes much earlier, especially when you take the overwintering eggs out of the fridge early.

Food plants:

Asteraceae, especially Taraxacum, Sonchus and Cichorium. Will also do well on salad (Lactuca)


One of the easier Lemonia species. Eggs hatch fairly fast after taken out of the fridge early Spring. Caterpillars are fully grown within four weeks when kept warm. Keep very clean (best is to clean daily). The food plants of this species have a higher water content, so things get messy quickly. Keep in plastic containers with a mesh cover for good ventilation