1 September 2016, first instar emerging
1 September 2016
Second and Third Instars
6 September 2016-Three yellowish color about to molt
11 September 2016
17 September 2016 - 37 mm long
for Ricini silking
Received ova from John Richards. The
Original caterpillars were from Wayne Whaley 3
July 2016 and eclosed 19 August 2016. They
were mated with sibling and oviposited 20 August
2016. Wayne originally got eggs from a
dealer in the UK. "This moth is not a true
specie and doesn't occur in the wild, it is a
polyhygrid of multiple wild Samia species. They
will feed on a wide range of plants
including Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus) and
ligustrum (privet), Ricinus (castor) Prunus
(cherries) and more. Because of inbreeding
they suffer from many crippled individuals."
Information from the breedingbutterflies.com
I tried them on Chokecherry first but they
wouldn't feed on it so they were switched over
to Tree of Heaven leaves.
Oviposited on 25 August, 2016, one bunch just in
a pile before female was placed in brown bag,
where she laid many, many more.
Caterpillar breaking out 1 September 2016
Photo of first instar on 1 September 2016 4.5 mm
Photo on 5 September 2016 of what may be second
and third instars. The largest one is 8 mm long.
Photo on 11 September 2016
Photo on 17 September 2016 - 37 mm long
Caterpillars had a maximum length of 75 mm, they
expelled a bit of excess fluids and shrunk some
then began choosing leaves to silk into.
Total time as caterpillar was about 35 days.
Cocoon Photo on 27 September 2016