Earlier this week my first moths came out and then a few more...
|The brown spots were phermones the males squirted out. The central large Moth is a female and the other four are males. The dark brown body is a pupa removed from a cocoon for examination. It will hatch out of its brown skin eventually.|
|If you click on the image to see it larger you will be better able to see the drop of liquid it is exuding. The same liquid it put out to help dissolve it's cocoon exit.|
|Getting those elbows moving|
|Side view - Note the wet wing slicked down as it emerges.|
|Side view again, less wet and more body out! However, do not think that the moth is completely dry! It is not. Note that the hole it is coming out of is still wet and her wings will need to dry out flat later.|
|The female's body is larger than the male moth body. It has a larger abdomen and she carries all the eggs she needs to get fertilized and lain. Basically, she is heavier and the strength to emerge from her cocoon is appreciable.|
|So At this point she reminds me of a hulking cathedral gargoyle with wings. I love this photo.|
|Here she is fresh from her cocoon. Notice how long and round her abdomen is. Her wings are damp and still need to dry. Note how curved they still are and the dampness makes them slightly yello.|
|A little while later still drying her wings in her box. She is a lovely healthy female silkmoth.|
Here are the emerging silkmoths who went to Fiber Arts class at the Co-op (and grabbed the attention of my Studio Arts students as well as the kids on the playground).
|This is the first of the two cocoons I noticed with an active moth attempting to emerge. He looks good here, but later he got stuck and when I removed him he was also malformed as the one below.|
|As promised to my co-op students here is one of the moths we helped out of his cocoon|
|Although, this moth was not able to break free of its silk cocoon, we decided to cut open the silk and let it out. Here it emerges after the silk cocoon is pulled away.|