Chinese Oak Silkmoth pernyi larvae

Chinese Oak Silkmoth pernyi larvae
Chinese Oak Silkmoth pernyi larvae Chinese Oak Silkmoth pernyi larvae Chinese Oak Silkmoth pernyi larvae Chinese Oak Silkmoth pernyi larvae Chinese Oak Silkmoth pernyi larvae Chinese Oak Silkmoth pernyi larvae Chinese Oak Silkmoth pernyi larvae Chinese Oak Silkmoth pernyi larvae Chinese Oak Silkmoth pernyi larvae Chinese Oak Silkmoth pernyi larvae
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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 Evergreen Oak ideal in autumn and winter, 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 PERFECT species for children and beginners!