giant silkworm

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Noun1.giant silkworm - larva of a saturniid moth; spins a large amount of strong silk in constructing its cocoon
family Saturniidae, Saturniidae - important and widely distributed family of moths including some of the largest insects known
ailanthus silkworm, Samia cynthia - large green silkworm of the cynthia moth
caterpillar - a wormlike and often brightly colored and hairy or spiny larva of a butterfly or moth
sericterium, serictery, silk gland - silk-producing gland of insects (especially of a silkworm) or spiders
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If you visit in autumn, look for the inland barrens buckmoth, a day-flying moth in the giant silkworm family with black-and-white wings.
The most highly valued wild silks ("tussah") are obtained from saturniid moths ("giant silkworm moths"), whose caterpillars feed in temperate rainforests on members of the beech family (Fagaceae), such as the oak Quercus semecarpifolia.