Sunday, 28 June 2009

A Wonderful Surprise

I was just getting ready to go to bed when I saw that something special had happened. The first of my Japanese silk moths, Antheraea Yamamai, had hatched. I'm sure he wasn't there this morning or even lunch time when I was tidying in the dining room.
What a beautiful creature, yellow, golden yellow and light tan, with hairy legs and large leaf like antenae. The antenae are what tell me it's a male. His body is nearly as big as the cocoon he emerged from. It must have been a tight squeeze in there!
I have three more cocoons. Let's hope the next to hatch is a mate for him.

His wings have a span of 6 inches.
The small moth at the bottom of the picture is one of the Bombyx Mori, so small in comparison, even though there was not much difference in cocoon size.


  1. Wowee! He's big and beautiful Maggie. How exquisite are his markings!

    Lesley Xx

  2. How fabulous. Hope the others hatch soon so they all have a mate. Thanks for showing the photo, Cheers Rosie

  3. Gosh, never been too sure about moths and other fluttery-in-the-night things, but he's a beauty!
    Chris x