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MILW wrote:My plan (assuming this cocoon is a female) is to cage it in the spring and try to catch males attracted to it; then let it lay a bunch of eggs in captivity.
JoAnn_B wrote:I am raising Eastern Swallowtails and I just released a hummingbird moth.
I found the swallowtail cats on my Flat leaf parsley and Rue plants.
I am not even sure all mine were eastern. Some looked like desert swallowtails.
Good luck with the swallotails.
MILW wrote:I knocked this Antheraea polyphemus caterpillar out of a birch tree in our front yard (image). I'd been finding gigantic frass on our driveway in a very small area maybe 4' wide, so I tied a stick on some rope and threw it up into the birch. After some 10 minutes of shaking, a neighbor came over to see what was up, and I suddenly saw this cat on the ground only inches from the neighbors foot! He was nearly mushed before I even knew it! We fed him birch for about 4 days, then he made his cocoon while hanging out on our porch.
So my advice is, follow the frass!
Oh yes, I also watched a BST laying eggs on my dill, and collected them before the ants could!
ps for Luna moth caterpillarpix, check bugguide.net out!
Jim wrote:If your curiosity gets the best of you can can carefully cut open the silken sheath to gain access to the pupa and determine the sex of the developing moth by the antennae pattern on the pupal case - wide, feathery antennae indicate a male and narrow (but still feathery) antennae indicate a female.
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