Oh, wow. That is just magnificent. How marvelous that you were able to capture the process as it happened.
I’m very pleased with it. They tend to not want to hatch out when you’re watching – it was a rare treat to see the whole thing from the beginning!
Made me nostalgic, too, ‘cos I think there was a big yellow pin holding my mom to the wall when I was born, as well.
I was looking at all of your silkmoth photos and i thought of one that’s native to California (the chaparral areas), the Ceanothus Silkmoth, Hyalophora euryalus
It is gorgeous, take a look:
One cool thing is, they can stay within their cocoons for up to two years if conditions aren’t right.
It’s beautiful. Now, suck the silk out of it and make me some soap.
I actually do use the silk from my cocoons to make silk, but it’s from the little Bombyx silkmoths.
I’m pulling your stuff together, will make the bath seltzers tonight or tomorrow.
Yeah, those are so gorgeous! I’ve raised Hyalophora cecropia, which is a close relative, but my moths will hatch next Spring.
WOW! That is crazy impressive! SO beautiful!
Another one, which isn’t a silk moth, but is awesome by itself is the Black Witch:
They can have wingspans up to 7 inches!
Yup! We had one that the cat brought in – they’re not common around here, but we do get them from time to time.
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