Antheraea pernyi (Guerin-Meneville, 1855)

Suitable host plants:
Betula papyrifera (Betulaceae) “Paper birch”
Betula pendula (Betulaceae) “Silver birch”
Betula populifolia (Betulaceae) “Grey birch”
Carpinus betulus (Betulaceae) “Common hornbeam”
Castanea cremata (Fagaceae) “Korean chestnut”
Castanea mollissima(Fagaceae) “Chinese chestnut”
Castanea sativa (Fagaceae) “Sweet chestnust”
Chaenomeles japonica (Rosaceae) “Maule’s quince”
Cinnamomum camphora (Lauraceae) “Camphor tree”
Corylus colurna(Betulaceae) “Turkish hazel”
Crataegus monogyna (Rosaceae) “Common hawthorn”
Crataegus pinnatifida (Rosaceae) “Mountain hawthorn”
Eucalyptus gunnii (Myrtaceae) “Cider gum”
Fagus crenata (Fagaceae) “Japenese beech”
Fagus sylvatica (Fagaceae) “European beech”
Liquidambar formosana (Altingiaceae)”Chinese sweetgum”
Liquidambar styraciflua (Altingiaceae) “Sweetgum”
Lithocarpus hansei (Fagaceae) “Lithocarpus”
Photinia sp. (Rosaceae)
Prunus armeniaca (Rosaceae) “Armenian plum”
Prunus domestica(Rosaceae) “Cherry”
Prunus padus(Rosaceae) “Bird cherry”
Prunus sp. (Rosaceae)
Pyracantha coccinea(Rosaceae) “Scarlet firethorn”
Pyrus communis(Rosaceae) “Pear”
Quercus acutissima(Fagaceae) “Sawtooth oak“
Quercus alba (Fagaceae) “White oak”
Quercus aliena (Fagaceae) “Oriental white oak”
Quercus falcata (Fagaceae) “Southern red oak”
Quercus ilex (Fagaceae) “Holly oak”
Quercus lyrata(Fagaceae) ”Overcup oak”
Quercus macrocarpa (Fagaceae) “Bur oak”
Quercus palustris (Fagaceae)”Pin oak”
Quercus petraea (Fagaceae)”Sessile oak”
Quercus phellos(Fagaceae)”Willow oak”
Quercus rubra (Fagaceae) “Red oak”
Quercus serrata (Fagaceae)”Konara”
Quercus sp. (Fagaceae)
Quercus variabilis (Fagaceae) “Chinese cork oak”
Rosa sp. (Rosaceae)
Salix caprea (Salicaceae) “Great sallow”
Salix sp. (Salicaceae)
Xylosma japonicum (Salicaceae) “Japanese logwood”

Recommendations: Another species that is often seen in sericulture (breeding for the purpose of silk production). A very polyphagous moth. Seems to have a strong preference for the families Rosaceae and Fagaceae. Because of the high degree of polyphagous behaviour, a wide range of plants from these families can be offered – mainly everything strongly related to Prunus and Quercus is worth a try. There are potentially many unlisted or undiscovered host plants out there that could give good results in captivity, so experimentation may be worthwhile. Quercus should be used for optimal results.

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Citations: Coppens, B. 2019


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