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Nonviable Cocoon Question

I’ve had several people ask me how I knew the cocoon was nonviable before I dissected it. The answer to that question  is that it had sat on my screened porch, where I hoped a Cecropia Moth would emerge,  for over a year, with no evidence of activity!

3 responses

  1. Dianne and Ed

    Thanks for sharing that info. I too had wondered about it…. Dianne

    November 11, 2013 at 9:59 pm

  2. Michele

    You are so awesome!! Thank you for answering peoples’ questions with such grace!!

    Admiring reader, Michele Andrews

    Sent from my iPhone


    November 11, 2013 at 10:18 pm

  3. Laurie Rountree

    Last Feb I found a large cocoon under a watering can and brought it inside where it should have emerged by May. We are in central TX and the house was cooler than outside most of the time. I was going to dissect it to see what had happened but kept putting it off. In the middle of the night in October, in my bedroom where I had put it on a bookshelf, I heard noises and my mind immediately told me moth. It was a beautiful polyphemus moth about 5 1/2″. Knowing HE had only a few days to find a mate, I let him out into the night. No telling how long he had been under this can since it was the middle of winter.
    Initially he had jiggled when moved but hadn’t budged for months. I am so glad I waited.

    November 11, 2013 at 11:49 pm

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