Attacus lemairei Palawan Island, Philippines TWO female cocoons

Attacus lemairei Palawan Island, Philippines TWO female cocoons
Attacus lemairei Palawan Island, Philippines TWO female cocoons Attacus lemairei Palawan Island, Philippines TWO female cocoons Attacus lemairei Palawan Island, Philippines TWO female cocoons Attacus lemairei Palawan Island, Philippines TWO female cocoons Attacus lemairei Palawan Island, Philippines TWO female cocoons
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Attacus lemairei Palawan Island, Philippines

A GREAT RARITY. Very seldom available. Amazingly low price! Limited number.

Most of the stock has now sold but we have female cocoons available now at half the normal price.

This Palawan endemic is named after the Saturniid expert Claude Lemaire. Named in 1985 by Peigler. It is a true species, rather than a form of Attacus atlas. 

Not as large as most atlas forms.  Distinguishing features, as with all species, are variable and some are clearer than others. It is thought to breed and behave in captivity much the same as A. atlas. Only a few cocoons available.

You can choose whether to incubate them or keep them cold until the spring. To get them to emerge, raise the temperature to 15 degrees C, and gradually up to 30 degrees C or more, and very humid. They need very warm and humid tropical conditions. When hot, soak the cocoons at least once or twice daily. 

It is probably better to keep them cool (8 -12 degrees C) and dormant until mid-April, or even May, then raise the temperature and humidity as described above.  They will respond better to summer conditions.

Pairing is achieved in a cage that is ample for the size of the moths but not so large that they can become too separated.The larvae feed on Privet. They appreciate humidity and a temperature of at least 25 degrees C.