Samia wangi




southeast China, Taiwan and Northern Vietnam


around 12 cm


At least 2 flights annually. If kept warm probably more or less continuously.

Food plants:

polyphage, but with a preference for Ailanthus, Salix, Liquidambar, Oleaceae (Fraxinus, Ligustrum, Olea, Jasminum, ...) and Rosaceae (Rosa, Malus, Prunus, Pyrus, Pyracantha, Photinia, Crataegus, ...)


An easy species, suitable for newcomers, even children. Keep at room temperature, warm and dry, in spacious well ventilated plastic containers (or in a netted cage for the final instar). During drier summer months outdoors sleeved on a living shrub or tree. Fast growing and ready to pupate in around 4 to 5 weeks. The pupal stage in between 2 flights is short, usually less then 4 weeks  (if kept warm enough). Cocoons from the last flight can overwinter in an unheated room (frost free) or in the fridge. However, when the temperature remains high they will continue to produce additional flights.