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Squeaking Silkmoth Rhodinia fugax diana 15 eggs
Availability: Autumn 2017

Squeaking Silkmoth Rhodinia fugax diana Far Eastern Russia 15 eggs  

WINTER SALE price for a short time!

We are sure that Rhodinia fugax will bring a lot of pleasure to breeders, and happy memories to those who have reared the Squeaking Silkmoth before.

Large larvae squeak when touched or disturbed by noise. Even the pupa squeaks within the extraordinary cocoon, which is green and shaped like a pitcher plant, with an open top. The vessel would fill with water when it rains, but the caterpillar spins a drainage hole in the bottom!

Foodplants include Oak, Sycamore, Maples, Willows and Sallows, Osier, Beech, Hawthorn, and doubtless many other trees and shrubs. Younger larvae change colour at each skin change. Final instar larvae have a clearly defined lateral demarkation between a dark green underside and bright lime green topside, which breaks the recogniseable shape of the caterpillar and helps it to avoid detection by predators.

Moths emerge in autumn. Males are beautifully patterned in chestnut brown. Females are much larger, and patterned in yellow. Eggs laid in autumn remain unhatched until buds open in the spring. Store in a fridge or very cold place, slightly humid, but beware of mould. Don't keep them chilled longer than necessary. You should incubate the eggs as early as food is available in spring. March and April are the best months to incubate.



Rhodinia jankowskyi 10 eggs
Availability: Autumn

Rhodinia jankowskyi Far Eastern Russia

This rarity is related to the Squeaking Silkmoth R. fugax  and is seldom available or reared in captivity. We suggest as foodplants Oak, Willows including Osier, Sallows and possibly Sycamore.

The larva and life history is likely to be along the lines of the pictures and description of Rhodinia fugax.

A winter egg that should be incubated as early in the year as you can find foodplant.