Antheraea yamamai (Guérin-Meneville, 1861)

Suitable host plants:
Carpinus betulus (Betulaceae) “Common hornbeam”
Castanea cremata (Fagaceae) “Korean chestnut”
Castanea mollissima(Fagaceae) “Chinese chestnut”
Crataegus monogyna (Rosaceae) “Common hawthorn”
Crataegus pinnatifida (Rosaceae) “Mountain hawthorn”
Crataegus pinnatifida(Rosaceae) “Mountain hawthorn”
Fagus crenata (Fagaceae) “Japenese beech”
Fagus sylvatica (Fagaceae) “European beech”
Liquidambar formosana (Altingiaceae)”Chinese sweetgum”
Liquidambar styraciflua (Altingiaceae) “Sweetgum”
Lithocarpus edulis (Fagaceae) “Japanese stone oak”
Malus asiatica (Rosaceae) “Chinese pearleaf crabapple”
Malus pumila(Rosaceae) “Apple”
Morus alba (Moraceae) “White mulberry”
Prunus armeniaca (Rosaceae) “Armenian plum”
Prunus domestica(Rosaceae) “Cherry”
Prunus padus(Rosaceae) “Bird cherry”
Prunus sp.(Rosaceae)
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”
Rosa sp.(Rosaceae)

Recommendations: Another species that is often seen in sericulture (breeding for the purpose of silk production). Rather polyphagous, but seems to prefer Fagaceae the most. The common name of this species (“Japanese oak silkmoth”) illustrates this well: in the wild, this species is mostly found on oak trees – Quercus sp. (and also often on its relatives Fagus and Castanea). Quercus is recommended for optimal result.

Common name:  “Japanese oak silkmoth”

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Citations: Coppens, B. 2019


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