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)”
Please enjoy this live stream video of these amazing caterpillars in the subfamily of giant silk moths, Ceratocampinae. In a group referred to as royal moths, the “Hickory Horned Devil” caterpillar, Citheronia regalis, is one of the most dramatic-looking caterpillars on earth! Each molt, known as an “instar,” presents a brand new look to thisContinue reading “Video: Raising Hickory Horned Devil Caterpillars”
Citheronia regalis caterpillar, 4th instar. Raised on Rhus trilobata. Photo by Vicky Oldham.
This fun, 2-part course concludes with a presentation at the Highlands Center for Natural History in Prescott, Arizona. With Vicky Oldham, email@example.com Course Part 1: Raising Giant Silk Moths Indoors, Egg to Adult Raising giant silk moths indoors is not only educational — it’s fun! Participate in the miracle of metamorphosis in a completely newContinue reading “Fun with Giant Silk Moths! A 2-Part Summer Course”
Information adapted from an original article by Edith Smith of Shady Oak Butterfly Farm, https://butterfly-fun-facts.com/disinfecting-leaves/ NOTE: I do not routinely treat the leaves of the host plants I use with the Clorox solution described below, but if you suspect a plant is contaminated and you can’t access anything else, this method offers a solution. IContinue reading “How to Disinfect Cages, Equipment, Leaves, and Eggs when Raising Caterpillars Indoors.”
I moved the promethea caterpillars into a larger box so they don’t get too humid, but the humidity is still very good! See the photos below…
The Glover’s silkmoth (Hyalophora columbia gloveri) is a western species of giant silk moth, and is native to Arizona, where I live. It is very closely related to the Cecropia moth (Hyalophora cecropia), which I also raise here indoors (but never release). The nice thing about raising native species is they can also be releasedContinue reading “Raising Glover’s Silkmoth”
The promethia moth, Callosamia promethea, is a beautiful giant silk moth native to the east coast of the United States. Read more it here: https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Callosamia-promethea We have eggs hatching today. They are really tiny, and have no dot in their center.
Two giant silk moths known as Glover’s silk moths, Hyalophora columbia gloveri, native to the Rocky Mountains and the Southwest, mate in a large net cage.