Well, I mentioned it earlier, but dubernardi does this exact thing. I recently reared 21 larva, and they all spun up,
I kept track of the date I put each larva into 2 separate containers for spinning.
11 larva began spinning on dates from March 9th, to the 11th, the remaining ten, I had to use a separate
container for, and they spun on dates from March 11th, to the 15th.
The first moth from container 1 hatched on April 10th, with the next hatchings on the 11th,13th,14th(2) and the 18th.
From container 2, only 1 moth has hatched on April 14th.
So, in all, 7 moths have hatched from 2 containers with varying dates of them beginning spinning cocoons,
To make things even more fun, the 7 that have hatched, are all males.
This species is mind numbing. Only numbers and or luck allow the continuing breeding of this species,
the seller I bought the ova from, related similar experience, with only 15% of his moths hatching together,
and the remaining 85% still in cocoons, I don't know the amount of cocoons the seller is working with,
but it's probably more than 21.
When I had all my cocoons all nicely spun in the moss I provided them, I had a choice, sell some of them and let
what comes happen, and risk not having a mating pair, or sell none and have the best chance for breeding.
It's something to consider when buying livestock of this species, and some of the other exotic species, you need
luck and or numbers. The same seller indicated that out of 30 Argema mittrei cocoons he was only able to get a mating
from the last pair.
Nobody is going to prevent you from buying 4, or 6 cocoons of a species, but divulging the probability of
breeding with a small number is something different, and it takes record keeping to get figures on that
probability. I've learned this over time, and sometimes often only end up with specimens, not breeding
material, it's something I think about before buying exotic material. The frustrating thing, is having hatchings,
and not knowing if that moth is going to die a virgin, or have a chance at mating, I've got 6 tattered and dead
male Actias dubernardi now, which, while nice to look at for a few days, are worthless.