Palirisa cervina



Southeast Asia: India and through Myanmar and Vietnam south into Thailand, also present on Taiwan


around ten centimeter


Seems to have only one annual flight and a rather long caterpillar stage

Food plants:

In captivity best on Prunus species (especially Prunus avium, but will also accept P. serotina and P. laurocerasus). Does also fairly well on Alnus and Rubus.


Difficult and slow growing. Eggs come available in May, it can take until December/January before the last caterpillar pupates. Rather sensitive and mass dying is not unusual. Keep warm, clean and dry. Do not overcrowd even though they seem to be quite social. 


Pupae die easily. Hygiene is extremely important to prevent diseases.