Saturnia (Neoris) schencki Kazakhstan 5 cocoons for breeding.

Saturnia (Neoris) schencki Kazakhstan 5 cocoons for breeding.
Saturnia (Neoris) schencki Kazakhstan 5 cocoons for breeding. Saturnia (Neoris) schencki Kazakhstan 5 cocoons for breeding. Saturnia (Neoris) schencki Kazakhstan 5 cocoons for breeding. Saturnia (Neoris) schencki Kazakhstan 5 cocoons for breeding. Saturnia (Neoris) schencki Kazakhstan 5 cocoons for breeding. Saturnia (Neoris) schencki Kazakhstan 5 cocoons for breeding. Saturnia (Neoris) schencki Kazakhstan 5 cocoons for breeding. Saturnia (Neoris) schencki Kazakhstan 5 cocoons for breeding. Saturnia (Neoris) schencki Kazakhstan 5 cocoons for breeding. Saturnia (Neoris) schencki Kazakhstan 5 cocoons for breeding. Saturnia (Neoris) schencki Kazakhstan 5 cocoons for breeding. Saturnia (Neoris) schencki Kazakhstan 5 cocoons for breeding. Saturnia (Neoris) schencki Kazakhstan 5 cocoons for breeding. Saturnia (Neoris) schencki Kazakhstan 5 cocoons for breeding.
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Description

Saturnia (Neoris) schencki Kazakhstan

This is a large silkmoth occurring in Kazakhstan, recorded as a separate species from Neoris huttoni that is normally offered. It is very seldom available and never offered before by WWB! These cocoons are produced from the race in the  Almaty region, Altyn Emel, Kazakhstan, altitude 800 meters. 

The cocoons will produce moths in late summer or autumn, and lay eggs that overwinter.  Only a limited supply available.

Read more about this species in the article by the Saturniid specialists Nässig, Naumann and Löffler by following the link at the bottom of this text.

We have never had this species before. Larvae illustrations are of N. huttoni. as we have never reared schencki whose larvae are reported to look much the same.

The hibernating eggs are simply stored in the refrigerator until buds open in spring.

The larvae like Ash Fraxinus  in particular, Pear Pyrus, Plum and probably Cherry Prunus (Prunus padus is particularly successful), Willows Salix, Privet Ligustrum, Stag’s Horn Sumac Rhus thypina, Spirea.  [We have had a report of larvae not taking to Privet but we have reared Huttoni on Privet]

The larvae live beneath a leaf and do not like being disturbed. Young larvae go through interesting and different colour forms.

The cocoon is formed in litter on the ground. Moths emerge in autumn and lay overwintering eggs.

Our thanks to Dr. A. Pittaway for kindly letting us show some of his pictures.

See the article by the Saturniid specialists Nässig, Naumann and Löffler by following this link:

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/344163414_Revisional_notes_on_the_subgenera_Saturnia_Perisomena_and_Saturnia_Neoris_stat_rev_Lepidoptera_Saturniidae_-_Part_B_Neoris_with_a_homonymy_correction_note