Atlas Moths

Roger C. KENDRICK kendrick at
Wed Sep 15 01:00:22 EDT 1999

HI David,

In Hong Kong (sub-tropical monsoonal climate), Attacus atlas passes
through the dry season (i.e. "winter" - when it's not reaching at least
25°C by day) as a pupa. I suspect that putting eggs in a refrigerator
will kill them. The minimum temperatures typically encountered during
Hong Kong's dry season are between 8 and 10°C (45 to 50°F) - which is
warmer than most settings possible in a modern refrigerator. A.atlas does
occur further north in China (the provinces of Guangdong, Guangxi,
Fujian, Guizhou, Hunan and Jiangxi), where cooler winters bring regular
(if infrequent) dry frosts, so long term cold tolerance is probably not
one of A.atlas' ecological attributes.

hope this helps,


David Mishko wrote:

> Does anyone know if Atticus Atlas eggs will overwinter, possibly in a
> refrigerator? Any other information on rearing these moths would be
> appreciated!

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