This large genus of more then a hundred species is divided into 3 subgenera: Antheraea, Antheraeopsis and Telea. The first two occur throughout Asia, while the Telea are north and central American. This is a complicated genus, especially the Antheraea subgenus, with many nearly identical species which are often also very variable in color. This has resulted in many synonyms and for somebody just starting it quickly becomes confusing.

Don't worry too much about that. In this genus there are some very large and attractive species very suitable for newcomers (pernyi, yamamai and polyphemus). Many, but most certainly not all, do well on Oak (Quercus).