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 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
Availability: June onwards
Price: £12.95
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Description

Chinese Silkmoth Antheraea pernyi  

Highly recommended for those who are looking for a spectacular moth, with LARGE exotic larvae: easily reared.  

This species used to be universally available. Over the years captive bred stocks have disappointingly become in-bred. We now have strong wild Chinese stock, starting with cocoons available from October 2019, and orders can be taken now for eggs and larvae available from May 2020.

A large species, and undoubtedly the best for beginners. Moths emerge in the spring. They pair very easily. 

Very easy to keep. Young larvae are black, and later turn green. They become enormous, feeding on  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!