Success! I got 2 of my 4 cages to mate last night. I put 2 in the red oak tree and 2 in a pear tree. Wouldn’t you it, but both cages in the red oak were mating this morning, neither in the pear were. There does seem to be something to the myth that the Polys mate best around red oak trees.
Aren't the males usually the first ones to emerge? I see in a lot of other silk moths females will barely make it out of the cocoon before a male is there to pounce on her.
This has been my experience too. However for some odd reason I’m having female Poly’s emerge first this year. Might be the weird weather.