I haven’t blogged for a while, but I’ve been having fun discovering and learning about moths. I added a moth chart (still in process) to my website with some of the moths I’ve seen, many of them in our backyard.
This week, July 23-31, is National Moth Week, and seems like a fitting time to share my latest moth adventure.
I raised my first Polyphemus moth in 2010, and I recently raised three more. I placed one of the females in a mating cage, hoping she would have a visitor. Indeed she did, and this is a photo of them mating.
These are a few of the many eggs she laid the next day.
Ten days later, these tiny caterpillars (about 3/8th of an inch) emerged from the eggs.
I hope to document their growth in future blogs. In the meantime, happy National Moth Week! It’s good to know that many others are celebrating moths throughout the USA and around the world.