Saturday, March 19, 2011

Spring Surprise

The weather has been gradually warming lately, which has made me start thinking about when I should take my cocoons out of the outdoor closet to keep a closer eye on them. Usually these moths emerge in May and June, but in warmer climates may emerge as early as late March or April.  My storage closet is a bit warmer than the natural outdoor temperature, but I was still surprised when I opened the door this morning and was welcomed by a newly emerged luna moth! Click on the photos to see the larger version.
Cocoon with exit hole

Another luna cocoon is rustling, and will likely emerge in the next day or two.  Check back for more, hopefully soon!

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