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"I caught an oak silk moth! Who's smooth now?" —New Leaf

The oak silk moth (ヤママユガ, Yamamayuga?) is a large moth found on trees during the summer nights. It can be caught in the rain as well as on clear evenings and at night. In New Leaf, it can also be found on the island's fruit trees during the same time of day as on the mainland. In City Folk, as well as New Leaf, it makes a distinct flapping sound when disturbed from a tree, which can be startling for players walking around unaware of its presence.

Donation to the museum

In Wild World

"...Ah! I just looked directly into that silkmoth's fabled eye-spots!...I'm unsure what predator would be fooled. Those look nothing like owl's eyes. Ah. Hm. There I go again. Letting my revulsion taint my scientific analysis... The eye-spots DO work, and are a vital evolutionary step! ...But blech."

In City Folk

Upon donating to the Museum, Blathers the curator will say;

"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 bug exhibit, in the middle segment with the easternmost stump.

In New Leaf

In New Leaf an information board in the bug exhibit will list information about this bug.

"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."

Unlock with Happy Home Handbook Lesson

In Happy Home Designer

After Day 9 in game, go to the saving place and sit down at your desk. Pick the "Study the handbook" option, you can complete "World Insects" lesson with 2 play coins. It adds 72 insects to your collection.

Capture quotes

"I caught a Japanese oak silk moth! It's pretty, but yuck...!" —Wild World
"I caught an oak silk moth! Who's smooth now?" —New Leaf
"I caught an oak silk moth! Pretty? Or pretty hideous?!" —City Folk

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

Bug
Encyclopedia Information
Oak silk moth (Wild World) "They are the world's largest moths. Like silkworms, they produce thread."
Size 280 mm
Time 7pm - 4am
Season Summer
Icon Oak silk moth (Wild World icon)


City Folk

Bug
Encyclopedia Information
Oak Silk Moth (City Folk)
"The larva and cocoons of these wild silkworms are a beautiful green color."
Size About 280 mm
Time Night
Season Summer


New Leaf

Bug
Encyclopedia Information
Oak silk moth encyclopedia (New Leaf)
"I caught an oak silk moth! Who's smooth now?"
Size 337 mm
Time Night
Season Summer


Gallery

Further information

Oak silk moth hercules

The oak silk moth in the series is based of the Hercules moth, found in Australia and New Guinea. The long tails are often broken or shortened. It is notable for being one of the largest moths in the world. Its Japanese name is a general term for members of the silk moth family, Saturniidae, of which the Hercules Moth is a member.


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