Cocoon Watch continues

All winter I had been keeping an eye on a mantis ootheca, which on closer inspection turned out to be a giant silkworm moth cocoon on the maple tree out front (the silk held in place the only leaf remaining on the tree — hard to miss it!)…until a wind storm blew the cocoon to oblivion.
A few days later I found this one on a sapling in the back yard. As the days got warmer, I brought it in on my desk and have been keeping a peripheral eye on it while I work. Although I could have sworn I’d seen a miniscule wiggle now and then, yesterday I witnessed its first major twitch on the Richter Scale. Either it was the poor fella’s last dying gasp, or I have a viable future moth on my hands.
I believe it to be a Polyphemus moth, but I’m holding out hope that it might be a Cecropia moth, which would be a nice addition to my photo collection. Time will tell…

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One response to “Cocoon Watch continues

  1. That’s pretty cool! We went to the local zoo today, and got to see their “new” butterfly pavilion (it was new in 2008) … we were a little disappointed that there was more out – but it’s still early in the season. All we got to see were Owl Butterflies. I thought it was neat… the rest not so much. “They’re ugly” was the comment. Some people have no imagination.

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