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If purchasing larvae, they will need a food source when they arrive. WTB? After a storm some branches fell down in the yard. I am excited to see what it is. We were not certain if birch was a food plant for the Polyphemus Moth, but according to the Auburn University Entomology and Plant Pathology site:  “The larva feeds on the foliage of many species of trees, including oak, maple, basswood, beech, butternut, walnut, birch, yellow-poplar, sassafras, ash, willow, elm, and sycamore. Assuming Christine’s measurements are accurate, and based on what I see as more of a spindle shape, I think it’s more likely this is a Cecropia moth cocoon! Live New Polyphemus Moth Cocoons. Love these updates on our natural world. I only ship to the United States. Christine. You can also subscribe without commenting. Most Polyphemus Moth cocoons start out attached to a tree branch, although some are spun among leaves or grasses on the ground (see pictured cocoon). we just found a cocoon on our wire plant support it hatched out yesterday and has the most beautiful wing coloration on it, we were hoping it was the hummingbird moth, but we think it is something different, it has brown as the overall color, with large droplets of beige on the wings. I would love to see the moth emerge and was thinking of placing a protective netting  cage around it so it still gets moisture and the cold air it needs and then closely monitor it. Quite the opposite, actually. Dear Bugman, On Fri, Dec 15, 2017 at 8:27 AM, Naturally Curious with Mary Holland wrote: > Mary Holland posted: “The Polyphemus Moth is a giant silk moth, a member > of the Saturniidae family which includes some of the largest species of > moths. it had already been evacuated, but not sure if it was recent. Eventually it escapes  by splitting the silk and pushing the top up. Will usually ship within 3 business days of receiving cleared payment. Signature: Christine, Dear Christine, will not do your child's homework, Fanmail: WTB? Bundles of Awesomeness: Giant Silk Moth Cocoons. benefits youngster with Autism, Eighth Recipient of the Nasty Reader Award: Pink Inchworm. I hope I can get some nice photos! If it is, you’ll hear me crowing far and wide. Thanks Or maybe they’ll be back when they exhaust whatever stashes of acorns they managed to accumulate and then find. Thank you so much, Fran and Walter. Giant silk moths derive their name from both their size as well as > the fine silk they use to spin the cocoons which serve as ” >. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. It depicts eye spots, which is one of its primary identification features. does not endorse extermination, Cabbage Tree Emperor Caterpillars from South Africa. The polyphemus moth also has been known by the genus name Telea but it and the Old World species in the genus Antheraea are not considered to be sufficiently different to wa… I don’t remember if the brach was dead or not, but I do not remember any leaves on it, and I remember breaking it off fairly easily, so Im guessing dead. I found a website dedicated to raising them and I now have a pretty good idea of how best to keep it safe, but when it hatches, let it go about its mothy business! The facts and descriptions you come up with, Mary, are so incredible. The caterpillar constructs the cocoon by spinning silk around leaves from the food plant, and sometimes the cocoon remains on the tree … Thanks so much! Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. My kids have it in a bug catcher waiting for it to hatch. We wonder if that happened in the fall. ( Log Out /  Location: Moss Beach, CA, USA Description Eggs : … In order to emerge (as an adult) from the cocoon the summer after it spins it, the moth secretes an enzyme that digests and softens the silk at one end. If ordering els ( Log Out /  Please enter your username or e-mail address. I started searching a different way and found photos of Giant Silk Moth nests which look very like what is in our birch tree. Q: I found this “nest” attached to a branch of a crape myrtle. does not endorse extermination. Condition is "New". Great Peacock Moth Caterpillar from France. Copyright © 1995-2020 eBay Inc. All Rights Reserved. I only ship to the United States. Please let me know if it is! ©2020 Walter Reeves / The Simple Gardener, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Were the branches dead or alive? Click the image above to order the updated edition of the award-winning original NATURALLY CURIOUS, Click here to order Naturally Curious Day by Day. Now that I’m confident it’s not going to produce a million small spiders i feel better about hatching it. It seems compact for a Cecropia Cocoon. Pupae are able to postpone their development, and can enter a diapausal state that enables them to remain dormant for a long time. Then it moves about the cocoon in a circular pattern, tearing the softened silk with two spurs located at the base of each wing on its abdomen. Spun on ground among fallen leaves, grasses or herbs. Hollie. We might be wrong, but your explanation of the grass becoming embedded when the mystery object was “soft and squishy” makes sense if this is a mantis ootheca. A couple scientists in Boston are even waiting for it to eclose. This entry was posted on December 15, 2017 by Mary Holland. Please enter your username or e-mail address. Green Industries Best Management Practices (GI-BMP) Class 3.5.19, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. but also the incredible diversity and variety of life and adaptations right under out noses. I have a cocoon found on tamarack: white, correct dimensions. Global Posts, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and University of Florida, P.O. Click on image to order from the publisher. We just purchased this property about a month ago, so I’m unsure what these trees are. The item you've selected was not added to your cart. For additional information, see the Global Shipping Program. Here at Shady Oak we sell Oak Trees to feed Polyphemus Moths. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. My kids found this attached to one of them. Possibly Hyalophora euryalus? Even if it’s next spring I can keep a close eye on it.

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