Dirphia avia




most of Central America, south to the northern part of South America (Venezuela, Suriname, French Guiana)


in between  7 and 12 cm 


depending on local condition, moths can emerge fairly irregular

Food plants:

Rosaceae (Prunus, Rosa, Malus, Crataegus, ...), also Quercus, Fagus, Carpinus, Salix and probably more


An easy species, suitable for newcomers.  Keep warm (minimum room temperature), in spacious well ventilated plastic containers when young. Older caterpillars can continue in large, plastic containers or in a netted cage The caterpillars tolerate company very well. Keep dry (avoid condensation and wet leaves, do not spray).  Relatively slow growing. Ready to pupate within 6 to 8 weeks. When ready to pupate move to individual plastic containers lined with paper towels until they have pupated. Moths usually emerge within 4 to 5 weeks when kept warm, however if the conditions are less favorable the pupal stage can take several months.