Eri Silkworm Moth (Samia ricini)
The are commonly razed in India and parts of the
Orient for their silk. in the first two instars,
they look ordinary, though on the third molt they
become almost a snow white color. After each molt,
they are see thru, you can even see their heart
bit. They turn back to their regular color after
30- 60min. Ones the larvae turn to about 3"
long, they stop growing and will start to spit out
all of their guts and liquids, right after which,
they will start running around like crazy and spin
their cocoons. They will spit out liquids out of
their mouth, so do not be alarmed and do not think
that they are dieing.
Size: Both sexes get about 5 inches in wing
span. Both sexes are very similar. The females are
just a little bet fatter and have a bet larger antennae.
Diet: Privit, Cherry
and Lilac. In India they are commonly fed on ailanthus
L1- L2 larvae.
Cocoons. I hanged them onto the mesh lid of the
tank, making sure to not poke thru the escape side
of the cocoon, other wise the moth would get trapped
and will be unable to emerge.
Mating already, only two days after hatcing :)!
Just mated female.