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Tensan Silkmoth Andy

Japanese Tensan Silkmoth (Antheraea Yamamai)

I originally bought these silkmoths for photography as I do with most exotic species. The Females are bright yellow and the smaller males are brown, the caterpillars feed on Oak, Hawthorn and other trees and grow to a huge size with large heads. Cocoons are egg-shaped made from green silk. It always amazes me when the metamorphosis of a caterpillar to a butterfly or moth can be so quick, hatching into attractive moths in only a few weeks from spinning a cocoon.  They breed very easily in captivity, the moths do not feed. Reared in UK eggs kept cool during winter and hatch following spring. A lovely moth which I enjoyed in all stages, except I now have many eggs to sell.