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Antheraea yamamai

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Kingdom  Animalia
Order  Lepidoptera
Tribe  Saturniini
Scientific name  Antheraea yamamai
Rank  Species
Phylum  Arthropoda
Family  Saturniidae
Genus  Antheraea
Higher classification  Antheraea
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Similar  Antheraea, Royal moths, Insect, Antheraea pernyi, Butterflies and moths

Antheraea yamamai japanese oak silkmoth

The Japanese silk moth or Japanese oak silkmoth (Antheraea yamamai, Japanese: Yamamayu(ga) (山繭(蛾)・ヤママユ(ガ)) or tensan (天蚕)) is a moth of the Saturniidae family. It is endemic to east Asia, but has been imported to Europe for Tussar silk production and is now found in South-Eastern Europe, mainly in Austria, North-Eastern Italy and the Balkan. It seems to be spreading north and a population near Deggendorf and Passau (Bayern) has been reported. It has been hybridized artificially with Antheraea polyphemus of North America.


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This moth has been cultivated in Japan for more than 1000 years. It produces a naturally white silk but does not dye well, though it is very strong and elastic. It is now very rare and expensive.

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The wingspan is 110–150 millimetres (4.3–5.9 in). Adults are on wing from August to September in one generation depending on the location.

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The larva mainly feed on Quercus species, but have also been reported on Fagus sylvatica, Castanea sativa, Carpinus, Rosa and Crataegus.

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Antheraea yamamai beautiful cocoons


Antheraea yamamai Moths and Butterflies of Europe and North Africa
  • Antheraea yamamai yamamai
  • Antheraea yamamai bergmani Bryk, 1949
  • Antheraea yamamai titan Mell, 1958
  • Antheraea yamamai ussuriensis Schachbazov, 1953
  • Antheraea yamamai superba Inoue, 1964 (Taiwan)
  • References

    Antheraea yamamai Wikipedia

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