Fluffy moth surprise

The other day we had a surprise visitor in the lab.

We had a Hyalophora gloveria cocoon sitting around in the lab, with the pupa presumed to be dead (the cocoon had a bird peck-hole, so we thought it was eaten or badly damaged). But the moth pulled through, and emerged as a perfectly formed adult! Here she is posing with a few members of the lab. Having a live fluffy moth in the lab was quite a treat for us this time of year.

She hung around for a few days and laid a few eggs before she was destined to become a specimen. We could not release her because 1) this species is from Arizona so we are outside her native range, and 2) it is below freezing here in CT anyway. I am not sure what the destiny of the eggs will be.

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Posted on February 14, 2014, in Invertebrates, Lepidoptera, Saturniidae. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. That’s awesome! I could use a giant fuzzy moth myself, right about now.

  2. Gorgeous moth and so big! I love that smile. I would have been giggling, too! ;)

  3. Beautiful animal. Surprises are the best, it shows how tough nature can really be, when it emerged from a damaged cocoon.

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