Chinese Oak Silkmoth pernyi 15 eggs

Chinese Oak Silkmoth pernyi 15 eggs
Chinese Oak Silkmoth pernyi 15 eggs Chinese Oak Silkmoth pernyi 15 eggs Chinese Oak Silkmoth pernyi 15 eggs Chinese Oak Silkmoth pernyi 15 eggs Chinese Oak Silkmoth pernyi 15 eggs
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Description

Chinese Silkmoth Antheraea pernyi 
 

 

Very easy to keep. Young larvae are black, and later turn green. They become enormous, feeding on Oak, Evergreen Oak, Birch, Sweet Chestnut, Horse Chestnut, Prunus, Hornbeam (Carpinus), Apple, Hawthorn, Beech, Osier Willow.  After about 2 months the larvae spin silk cocoons - an extra opportunity for a teaching project. Moths emerge the same year. Autumn larvae spin over-wintering cocoons.

 

Larvae thrive on Evergreen Oak when other plants not available. In winter, if the evergreen leaves are a bit leathery, make some incisions in the leaves with scissors. This releases attractive scent to the larvae and and gives them easier places to start feeding.

 

A good species for children and beginners.