Indian Moon Moth selene eggs

Indian Moon Moth selene eggs
Indian Moon Moth selene eggs Indian Moon Moth selene eggs Indian Moon Moth selene eggs Indian Moon Moth selene eggs Indian Moon Moth selene eggs Indian Moon Moth selene eggs Indian Moon Moth selene eggs Indian Moon Moth selene eggs
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Indian Moon Moth Actias selene 

This fine species has now become almost impossible to obtain! But this season we have strong stocks again, with eggs available immediately.

One of the most recommended for beginners and everyone's favourite. Huge, green, tailed moths. Enormous larvae with colourful tufts and tubercles. Changing from red, in early instars, to green. Young selene larvae are red and black, changing pattern with each skin change, until they become bright green with colourful tubercles. They become enormous, one of the largest larvae in the world!

Selene larvae appear to like Hawthorn over other foodplants , but they can also be reared on Apple, Osier Willow Salix viminalis, Plum, Blackthorn, Lime, Poplar and Sumac Rhus typhina. For later generations, when deciduous foodplants drop their leaves, selene larvae also thrive on Escallonia, Evergreen Oak and Rhododendron leaves. Very probably also the evergreen Portuguese Laurel Prunus lusitanica.

Keep in plastic boxes, changing the liner and food daily, until the larvae are large enough to be caged on cut foodplant. Selene larvae also do well sleeved outside in summer.  Cocoons produce adult moths again in the same year, but the autumn generation pass the winter as a cocoon and emerge in spring.