Observation notes: The larva and adult depicted in the photographs are the same female Smerinthus ophthalmica individual, collected as an egg on 6/28/16 and captive-reared on Salix (willow) as a larva. Larval development took approximately four weeks at 20-26°C and progressed through only four instars (not the typical Lepidopteran five). Pupal development time took approximately four weeks and was non-diapausing despite that this species is cited as being single brooded in literature. The adult moth eclosed on 8/27/16 with temperatures in the mid 20s°C and paired with a local male.
Verified by: ishaan2009
Verified date: October 14, 2021
Coordinator notes: Unfortunately there is no ophthalmica on this page. Nice photos! -Ishaan