Raising Giant Silk Moths
Butterflies and Moths
Last summer, 2021, I featured the caterpillars of Citheronia regalis, also known as the Hickory Horned Devil, in a live-stream video. Now the first moth has emerged, known as the Royal Walnut Moth. Raised indoors in Arizona on Rhus trilobata (three-leaf sumac). See the live stream video and be sure to look at last year’sContinue reading “Just Hatched! Citheronia regalis – Royal Walnut Moth”
Citheronia regalis caterpillars raised indoors, 1 day before changing to a blue color. The blue color indicates they are ready to go down underground to pupate.
LIving in Northern Arizona presents a challenge to anyone trying to raise giant silk moths (of the family Saturniidae). I used Rhus trilobata experimentally last year, a plant not described as a host plant for any of the species I raise, and it worked beyond my wildest dreams. So far, this includes: Citheronia regalisHyalophora cecropiaCallosamiaContinue reading “Discovering a new host plant for polyphagous Saturniidae, the Three-Leaf Sumac (Rhus trilobata)”