Originally this species only occurred in China. For their silk they have been introduced by men in Japan, Korea, Russia and India. They have also established healthy populations in South and East Europe.
In between 12 and 14 cm
multiple flights. Pupae overwinter.
Quercus, Betula, Alnus, Corylus, Fagus, Castanea, Carpinus, Salix, Populus, Ligustrum and many more
One of the easiest Silkmoths to rear, very suitable for newcomers and even children. Keep at room temperature in spacious, well ventilated plastic containers. Try not to overcrowd (difficult when you know how easily this species pairs and how many eggs 1 female deposits). The pupal stage in summer is short (approximately 3 weeks or less). The cocoons from the last flight in autumn can be stored in the fridge until spring.
a very popular species, often resulting in inbred. Try to obtain fresh and healthy stock.