Tolype nana




widespread throughout Central and South America, from Costa Rica to Argentina


very small (3 to 4,5 cm)


In captivity continuously, however due to the slow development of the caterpillars not more then 3 flights annually

Food plants:

Polyphage, does well on Betulaceae (Carpinus, Corylus, Betula, Alnus), Fagaceae (Quercus, Fagus, ...) and many Rosaceae (Rosa, Malus, ...)


Easy, suitable for newcomers. Can be reared in relatively small, well ventilated plastic containers. The caterpillars need approximately 3 months to develop. Probably slower during the colder part of the year. Keep minimum at an average living room temperature. Dry and clean (no spraying, wet leaves or condensation !). The pupal stage is short (the first moths can already emerge, while the last caterpillars still need to make their cocoons).