Hatching Tropical Silkmoth Cocoons

Moths can be a hugely exciting addition. Generally as adults they don't feed and they don't live hugely long, but rearing caterpillars and watching them grow into stunning large moths is greatly rewarding

On Arrival

You will find on arrival that your cocoon will have a cut or slice on the side or top. This is an inspection hole has been made to check that the pupae is alive and will be useful to allow you to check on the pupae from time to time.

Temperature & Humidity

24-27 C (with an overnight temp to 20 C)

70-80% Humidity.

Spray lightly, don't soak the cocoons as they will grow mould and die.

Cocoon Care

Ensure when your cocoon arrives that you hang it up. If you have a net or wire you can use a paperclip or thread and secure to the roof. If using a glass or plastic tank you can pin the cocoon onto a log or cork background. Ensure you ping or secure from the long dangling end as this is what would normally be fixed onto a branch. Leaving the cocoon on the floor will result in the moth hatching but not drying in the correct position

After Care

When you see your cocoon hatching. Add in a few additional branches into the enclosure to give the moth some climbing structures should it accidentally fall to the floor. A net cage is always gentler on your moth as it may crash around in the cage. Ensure humidity is maintained throughout the whole process. The cocoon can be disposed off once hatched or kept as a keep sake.

Moth Life Cycle