Oak Silk Moth

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"I caught a Japanese oak silk moth. It's pretty, but...yuck!" —Wild World
Oak Silk Moth
Oak Silk Moth (New Leaf).png
Real-world info
Name: Coscinocera hercules
Family: Bombycidae - Silkmoths
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese ヤママユガ
Simplified Chinese N/A
French Coscinocera hercules
Spanish Unknown
Italian Unknown
Russian Дубовый шелкопряд

Korean Unknown
Traditional Chinese N/A
Quebec French Coscinocera hercules
Latin American Spanish Unknown
German Seidenspinner
Dutch Herculesvlinder

The Oak Silk Moth (ヤママユガ, Yamamayuga) is a relatively rare insect found on trees during summer nights. It is notable for being very skittish, and will fly away much more willingly than other tree insects. When flying away, it makes a distinct loud flapping sound.

Catch details[edit]

Wild World[edit]

Oak Silk Moth WW Sprite.png    ''They are the world's largest moths. Like silkworms, they produce thread."
  • Size- 280 mm
  • Season- Summer
  • Time- Evening

In City Folk[edit]


Oak Silk Moth
"I caught an oak silk moth! Pretty? Or pretty hideous?!"

Description The larva and cocoons of these wild silkworms are a beautiful green in color.
Time of Year Jun – Sep
Time of Day 7 PM - 4 AM
Peak Times N/A
Location On trees (any kind)
Bug Size 280 mm
Rarity Very rare
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1200 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Leaf[edit]


Oak Silk Moth
"I caught an oak silk moth! Who's smooth now?"

Time of Year Jun - Sep
All year (Tortimer Island)
Time of Day 7 PM - 4 AM
Peak Times N/A
Location On trees (any kind) (can be found on Tortimer Island)
Size 320 mm
Rarity Very rare
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1200 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In Wild World[edit]

In City Folk[edit]

Blathers the curator will have a small speech on the Oak Silk Moth once the bug is donated.

"While the oak silk moth has impressively large wings, it's said that this moth isn't a very skilled flier. ...I should think that might be the reason it developed such big, vulgar eyeballs..."

The Oak Silk Moth can be found on the second level of the Insect exhibit, in the middle segment with the easternmost stump.

In New Leaf[edit]

Upon being donated, the creature can be found in the room of the bug exhibit with the Rafflesia in, resting on a tree on the east side of the room. It can be seen better if the camera is adjusted.

"Oak silk moths are seen in the summer and are one of the largest moth species in the world. They make silk from their mouths as they transition into the pupa stage. As adults, they don't eat anything and only live off the nutrients they stored while they were caterpillars."

Real-world information[edit]

The hercules moth, named the oak silk moth, are among the largest moths in the world. Both their body and wings have the record, but their bodies are quite small compared to their wings. They are named after the hero of Greek Mythology. Like in game, when scared, they flee, releasing a very heavy flap. Transparent sections on the wings in some moths and butterflies help serve as a camouflage, so that predators cannot see the insect.

Atlas moths are a saturniid moth, a group that includes the famous luna moth. Despite what their common name suggests, they are only distant cousins of the domestic silk moth (Bombyx mori) which belong to the family Bombycidae.

Names in other languages[edit]

German Seidenspinner Silk Weaver

European French Coscinocera hercules Latin name