giant silkmoth

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Saturniidae moth’s caterpillar & Saturnia pavonia moth

The family Saturniidae (order Lepidoptera), commonly known as saturniids, include the largest species of moths such as the giant silkmoths, royal moths and emperor moths. These moths are characterized by large size, heavy bodies covered in hair-like scales, lobed wings, reduced mouthparts and small heads, sometimes brightly colored and often with translucent eyespots on their wings. Together with certain Noctuidae (chiefly Calpinae and Catocalinae, such as the genera Ascalapha, Erebus or Thysania), the Saturniidae contain the largest Lepidoptera, and some of the largest insects alive today.

phobiaphiliac  asked:

Wait. You keep bugs as pets? Like the moth cleaning it's antennae? Or is it part of some sort of occupation? It's cute. Do they act like other pets?

Yes, I raise moths! The moth in the gifs there wasn’t mine, but I had three lovelies last season:

It’s mostly a hobby for me, though since I do a lot of art of insects, there is also a research element to it. Moths don’t really act like a traditional “pet,” and I don’t quite consider them my pets so much as creatures briefly under my care. Their adult lives tend to be 5-7 days. They’re super cute and can be handled, if you’re careful and gentle and do it on their terms, but they don’t appreciate being petted and don’t really do a lot - the species I raise don’t even eat.

If you want to get into it, it’s a very inexpensive and low-maintenance hobby to raise giant silkmoths, though!