Spinning a Winter Home

The first of our Cecropia Moth caterpillars, nicknamed Mothra, is in the process of spinning her winter home, a fine silken enclosure. With the gossamer threads, she has woven several branches together, forming a V-shaped structure to secure the cocoon. Cecropia Moth Cocoon detail 2 copyright Kim SmithSurrounding leaves, like a blanket, are arranged around the cocoon and also secured with silk threads. The house is quite large, about four inches long and an inch and a half in diameter. As you can see from the Instagram, she has room enough to easily move within the cocoon. When completed, she will pupate within the case. Come next spring, Mothra will emerge from her winter home ready to mate and deposit eggs of the next generation. The circle of life continues.Cecropia Moth Cocoon detail copyright Kim Smith

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Mothra spinning her winter home, from the inside out 🌻

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Cecropia Moth Caterpillar last instar copyright Kim Smithcecropia-moth-male-copyright-kim-smithMothra’s Dad

1 thought on “Spinning a Winter Home

  1. Granat Dorothy

    2019 Do you happen to have any emerged males? I think you maybe in MA. I have an emerged female, but no males.

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