How to Breed
Lepidoptera adult stage, which is the final outcome of metamorphosis, consists in the butterfly or the moth. The adult stage is also called imago. This stage has lost the capability to increase in size, task which is completely committed to the larval stages. Even if many adult Lepidoptera feed as adults, this is not reflecting in their overall size, which is determined by the final size of the mature larvae.
Breeding case: Acherontia atropos
Acherontia atropos, Linnaeus (1758), the death’s-head hawkmoth, is a member of the Sphingidae family (Lepidoptera, Bombycoidea). It is distributed across southern Europe and throughout Africa.
Breeding: General Informations
TTB is dedicated to Lepidoptera breeding, focusing on Saturniidae and Sphingidae families. This section wants to provide a mixture of insect care informations and basic material related to insect biology.
Lepidoptera larval stages are called caterpillars. They hatch from the egg laid by the adult and develop into a pupae, that undergoes metamorphosis. The word larvae, not neanidae or others, is used because we refer to holometabolous insects.