Caligula thibeta Westwood, 1853

Caligula thibeta (Westood, 1853) host plants 
Recorded host plants:
Cinnamomum camphora (Lauraceae) “Camphor tree”
Ligustrum ovalifolium (Oleaceae) “Korean privet”
Ligustrum vulgare (Oleaceae) “European privet”
Liquidambar formosana (Altingiaceae)”Chinese sweetgum”
Liquidambar styraciflua (Altingiaceae) “Sweetgum”
Lyonia ovalifolia(Ericaceae)
Osmanthus fragrans (Oleaceae) “Sweet olive”
Prunus padus (Rosaceae) “Bird cherry”
Prunus serotina (Rosaceae) “Black cherry”
Quercus acutissima(Fagaceae) “Sawtooth oak“acutissima
Quercus sp. (Fagaceae)
Quercus variabilis (Fagaceae) “Chinese cork oak”
Rhododendron simsii (Ericaceae)

Recommendations: Can be raised on Ligustrum unlike most Caligula species – a very convenient hostplant for many Saturniidae species. Liquidambar and Prunus also give good results in captivity.
In the wild it is often found feeding on fetterbush (Lyonia ovalifolia) and camphor tree (Cinnamomum camphora).

Common name:  “Tibetan emperor”

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Citations: Coppens, B. 2019


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