Posts by Hemileuca


    Has anyone tried using Juniperus species, or Pinus taeda, for Actias neidhoeferi?

    I do not have access to Picea, Tsuga, Larix, or Pseudotsuga in my area, and cannot purchase plants of a large enough size to use for larvae, but would love to raise this species.



    Hello, I would like to go on a trip mainly centered around insect collecting in South Florida this summer.

    However, this state is far away from my own, and I would need to fly there. Of course, I cannot bring my mercury vapor lights on an airplane.

    So, what is the solution? How can I bring my equipment to Florida?

    I know many people here go on collecting trips to distant countries, so to me this trip to Florida seems as though it could be feasible.

    Looking forward to responses and advice,


    Hello, I have several wild females of Cossula magnifica from my light.

    I have had them for several days and they have not laid any eggs. I have them in a smaller version of the setup I use for Prionoxystus robiniae.

    Can anyone who has bred this species before tell me how to get eggs? I am out of ideas.



    I didn't have any Juglans.

    I gave them hickory and beech, neither of which they took apparently, as they were dead when I returned from a 2 day trip, and the leaves had no bites taken out of them.

    Very unfortunate. I was quite excited to raise this wonderful species.

    Hmm alright. I'll just keep spraying and see how it goes I suppose...

    You overwintered a semi desert/dried savanna African species at 3.3C?? 🤣 please learn about habitat before you waste your money again…

    Members of this forum said that the fridge was fine. I made sure to ask before doing anything of the sort.

    Please do not be needlessly rude - it distracts from the real focus of the hobby, which is the insects.

    I've not been doing this for many years. I am still figuring things out.




    I have two freshly hatched Amorpha juglandis caterpillars. I got them from a wild female; she only laid two eggs, as she was very old.

    I do not have access to Juglans. What alternate hostplants could I use? Right now I have Carya tomentosa in the container, but I do not know if they will accept that.



    Dear fellow breeders,

    How do I convince Epiphora lugardi cocoons to hatch? I have been misting them 2 or 3 times a day and they show no signs of hatching.

    Does this species need other conditions to hatch? I overwintered them at 3.3C, from January thru April.



    Very unusual. Did it emerge from one of the "lugardi" cocoons?

    Who did you buy the lugardi from?

    i i can show you what j do. I honestly believe it helps then emerge and lets me control a bit their development. This way allows you to check their development and they don't have to struggle so much to leave their cocoons. Point a light to their head opening. If they are getting closer to emerging they get much darker. Otherwise the light reflects as reddish

    Would it be ideal to do this with all of them? Or will just one out of the batch suffice

    i agree with Werner but be careful with one thing... if they have started developing and especially if they are already in an advanced state of pupal development they could die if you try to induce diapause. That is my experience with other african species like gynanisa maja and nudaurelia dione at least

    How do I tell how far along they are? I generally prefer to not open cocoons, as I have had very poor results with that in the past. I could perhaps just open one?

    Hello, I am wondering if Epiphora lugardi cocoons can be overwintered? I would like to try breeding them with Hyalophora cecropia, Hyalophora gloveri, and Hyalophora euryalus, but those 3 will only hatch in the spring.

    Can anyone offer advice on the overwintering of this species?



    Hello, I have had a wildcaught Catocala ultronia female for about a week now. She is well fed and in a well ventilated large cage, and I have not seen her calling for males.

    She has yet to lay any eggs, though. I only have experience with acquiring eggs from wild Saturniidae, so any help with this beautiful species would be appreciated.

    I don't think you can do it because of the nature of the species, yamamai overwinter as ova, opposite of polyphemus.

    It would pose a problem with the diapause, if you had polyphemus adults from a second brood, maybe you could get adults at the same time.

    It would be interesting, and you'd have an issue with foodplant most likely. Maybe live oak would work. I think you would need polyphemus that are naturally double brooded, but that is something I don't know , maybe you could manipulate their life cycle by rearing them indoors with lights and a longer photo period as summer progressed.

    The polyphemus here are double brooded I think.

    Not sure though.

    I see adults 2 times per year , usually in April or May, and then in August or September


    I have read several reports of Copaxa mannana in the US, on the border with Mexico, somewhere in Texas. I am wondering where they occur in Texas?