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)”
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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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.