Dirphia avialtoparanensis




Paraguay. One of the many 'new' species in the avia group.


up to 10 cm, males smaller


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 7 to 8 weeks. When ready to pupate move to individual plastic containers lined with paper towels until they have pupated. Moths usually emerge after a pupal stage of approximately 2 months when kept warm, however if the conditions are less favorable the pupal stage can take much longer.