When I went into the soap/silkworm room to check on the cocoons, I found this guy hanging his still-damp wings. It’s a Yamamai or Tensan silkmoth, originally from Japan.
This is the cocoon he came out of. This moth is related to the Tussah moths, and makes a very similar silk – except that it’s a pale yellow-green. As with the other Tussah moths, the color is actually ingrained in the fiber – so THIS won’t come out! I haven’t worked up any of the silk yet, but I’m looking forward to it.
Here you can see the big bushy antennae that let you know he’s a male.
This is a very wiggly moth. Unlike a lot of the other Tussah moths, this one won’t sit still and be photographed – he keeps walking over my hand.
He’s really beautiful. This is one of my favorite moths so far – I love the color.