Caligula japonica

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Japanese giant silkworm
Caligula japonica male sjh.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Saturniidae
Genus: Caligula
Species: C. japonica
Binomial name
Caligula japonica
Moore, 1872
  • Dictyoploca japonica
  • Saturnia japonica
  • Dictypoea japonica

Caligula japonica, the Japanese giant silkworm, is a moth of the family Saturniidae. It was described by Moore in 1872. It is found in Eastern Asia, including China, Korea, Japan and Russia.


The larvae feed on various plants, including Salix, Fagus, Quercus and Juglans.


  • C. japonica japonica
  • C. japonica arisana (Shiraki, 1913)
  • C. japonica ryukyuensis (Inoue, 1984)


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