Actias maenas, the Malaysian moon moth, is a species with a broad range from the mainland of most parts of the Indomalayan ecozone. They are highly sexually dimorphic, and one of the larger moon moths of the genus Actias.
Actias maenas female
Actias maenas is quite easy to rear in captivity, and accepts host plants within Rosaceae such as Prunus, Malus and more, and also Liquidambar, which is to be recommended for this species. Their larvae will grow quite large, but do grow slowly compared to other Actias species. I myself prefer to rear them on plant cuttings in a water bottle. The only thing that seems to be more difficult with this species is archieving pairings, it’s best to have a lot of flight space and a bit of ventilation for them. This fragile species will tatter quite fast. Males often break off their hindwing tails within a few days.
Actias maenas male
Fully grown larvae of Actias maenas on Liquidambar
A tree full of Actias maenas larvae
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In winter, can Actias maenas be reared ab initio with live (evergreen) oak? Alternatively, if started on the last surviving leaves of Liquidambar, can they later accept live oak as replacement food?
p.s. I don’t have Eucalyptus available.