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    On Royal Wings

    Starting a separate thread in case further endeavors branch out, but for now, I have one new temporary guest to the house that I must share:
    Cecropia moth by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    I was given a cocoon as a free gift alongside some mantid ooths, and it finally hatched out yesterday! Sadly, I only have the one, so there will be no mating, but I can enjoy it while it's here...
    Cecropia moth by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    And it's BIG
    Cecropia moth by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Cecropia moth by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Cecropia moth by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr

    I have cocoons now from 3 other species (Luna, Promethea, Polyphemus), and I am hoping for both males and females as well as the ability to find food for caterpillars if any result, but if not at least I will get an opportunity for some great specimens!
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    Will you be keeping him until he dies or allowing him to go free and try to find a mate?
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    If those moths are local to your area, and if that moth is a female (looks like it might be), you can place her in a screen cage outside at night and her pheromones will attract males to the screen cage. Then all you have to do is net one of the males and place him in the screen cage with the female. After she lays eggs with you, you can let her go.

    Raising Moths and Butterflies is so rewarding. I miss raising them. Too many projects going on right now, but hopefully I'll have some again in the next few years.

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    Whoops! Double Post.
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    No, none of the species I have are native to the area. They will not be released.
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    Glad you're bring responsible!
    Please post photos of the other species when they hatch out!

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    Confirmed the Cecropia is a female:
    Cecropia eggs by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr

    Also, the cocoon I set aside from my set of Polyphemus in hopes it would hatch in time to share with my lab students (it was too late by 2 days) hatched a beautiful female! Still waiting also on the set aside Promethea cocoon; the rest are still dormant in the basement
    Polyphemus moth (female) by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Polyphemus moth (female) by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Polyphemus moth (female) by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Also yes, those spots in the wings are entirely transparent sections of membrane. You can see the background through them
    Polyphemus moth (female) by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Polyphemus moth (female) by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
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    The early Promethea was a lovely male
    Promethea male by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Promethea male by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Promethea male by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Promethea male by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Promethea male by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    The Polyphemus are both laying eggs...still hoping the 2nd lives long enough for a male to appear (if either of the remaining cocoons is male).
    Polyphemus eggs by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Everything has a reason, whether big or small. Never underestimate the power of what is or is not.
    There is far more to everything than meets the eye.
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