Saturnia cachara

Subgenus:  Cachosaturnia




from India and Nepal to Thailand. The animals depicted here originate from China (Guandong)


in between  7,5 and 10 cm 


depending on local conditions, 1 or 2 flights annually

Food plants:

preferably Juglans, but also reported to feed on Prunus padus


An easy species, suitable for newcomers.  Keep warm (minimum room temperature), in spacious well ventilated plastic containers. Older caterpillars can continue in large, plastic containers or in a netted cage, however keep in mind that Juglans does not stay fresh very long in a netted cage. For that reason plastic containers remain the preferred option.  Keep dry (avoid condensation and wet leaves, do not spray).  Relatively slow growing. Ready to pupate within 6 to 8 weeks.  Cocoons can overwinter in a cool, unheated but frost free room. When kept warm, adults emerge already after a few months, when kept cool they emerge when temperatures rise again.