Pachypasa otus




southern Europe (from South Italy east to Turkey) and the Middle East (from Turkey to Iran and west to Egypt)


large, around ten centimeter (very large females up to 12 cm)


Moths are on the wing in between June and October in one flight. The caterpillars overwinter

Food plants:

Cupressus, Juniperus, Pinus


Slow and not easy. Eggs hatch late summer to early autumn. Caterpillars overwinter, but do not go completely dormant and keep feeding at a slow pace.    While overwintering keep in a cool but frost free room (around 10°C). Bring at room temperature in March, from then it will still take 3 to 4 months before they pupate. The pupal stage is approximately 3 to 4 weeks. Best kept in netted cages as they totally resent all moist. Never give wet branches.


slow and needs to be kept dry