***Available for pre-order. Shipping in late June and early July 2021 ****SHIPPING to ALL 50 States. USDA permits not required for this species..
The largest silkmoth in the Pacific Northwest. Caterpillars get HUGE.
This species has the potential to be relatively challenging if kept in unclean conditions. Cut hostplant and airy outside conditions at the third larval shedding onwards are important to prevent disease. A good supply of fresh food is also important. It's recommended to not crowd them. Using a caterpillar sleeve is highly recommended.
You will receive ten (10) Polyphemus Silkmoth eggs per order
Eggs will hatch about 2 weeks after they are laid by the female.
We guarantee live eggs, and check for egg fertility by keeping some reserve ova.
Make sure that your mail arrives in a cool location, or that someone is there to meet them on arrival. (Eggs can cook in the sun, and we only refund if our reserve eggs don't hatch)
Caterpillars will need plenty of leaves to munch on after hatching. There is a long list of possible hardwoods leaves that they may accept. (See list at the bottom), and make sure to have several options available and see which leaves they choose. Here, we raise them on Willow, but they accept many hardwoods.
If you have additional questions, please email. We will do our best to reply to questions as time permits. Please be patient, as we're busy rearing large quantities of hungry caterpillars all season, and sometimes will be out collecting for days at a time too.
Possible hostplants to try:
Oak Willow Alder Birch Apple Bittercherry Wild cherry Chokecherry Maple (will accept, but cocoons tend to come out small)