Lemaireodirphia chiapasiana




so far only known from Mexico (Chiapas). 


in between 8 and 9 cm


one flight annually in between May and late June. Pupae overwinter, however this species is more likely to have a (partial) second flight.

Food plants:

Quercus, Fagus, Castanea, Corylus, Carpinus, Juglans and relatives. Also Salix, Populus and Robinia 


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).  Slow growing. Ready to pupate within 7 to 10 weeks. When ready to pupate move to individual plastic containers lined with paper towels until they have pupated. Pupae usually overwinter (in an unheated frost free room not in the fridge). Often a (partial) second flight late autumn, even with relatively low temperatures, so make sure the moths have enough space and check on them regularly.