Sunday, 19 July 2015

Adeloneivaia jason

Lots of Mexican species this year. The Adeloneivaia jason caterpillars are amongst the most beautiful giant silkmoth caterpillars I know. Once they start to eat they aren't difficult to breed at all. Getting them started is the tricky part. I lost most of them in the first twenty four hours. I think Quercus robur may not be such a good food plant, although the surviving caterpillars developed normally afterwards and did grow to a good size. It might be better to use trees out of the Fabaceae plant family like Gleditsia. Full grown they are larger then they look on pictures. The largest caterpillar reached a length of nine centimeter. I treated them the same way as I did with the Othorene caterpillars: first two instars in a well ventilated plastic container, later instars in a netted cage. The pupae will hatch later this summer.


Adeloneivaia jason caterpillar
Adeloneivaia jason L5 on Quercus robur

Adeloneivaia jason caterpillar
Adeloneivaia jason L5 on Quercus robur

Adeloneivaia jason caterpillar
Adeloneivaia jason L5 on Quercus robur

Adeloneivaia jason caterpillar
Adeloneivaia jason L5 on Quercus robur

Adeloneivaia jason caterpillar
Adeloneivaia jason L4 on Quercus robur



Adeloneivaia jason caterpillar
Adeloneivaia jason L3 on Quercus robur

Adeloneivaia jason caterpillar
Adeloneivaia jason L2 on Quercus robur

Adeloneivaia jason caterpillar
Adeloneivaia jason L1 on Quercus robur