A Polyphemus Moth Grows Up

Three Polyphemus Eggs hatched on June 13th.

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My oh my how the time has flown, because just yesterday the first emerged from her cocoon! Here is the tiny caterpillar that almost escaped but that I finally found, after a lot of searching, clinging to my own hair.

IMG_7005.JPGSo furry! So big! How can those two photos be of the same creature sitting on my hand?

IMG_7002.JPGSee that belly full of eggs? I hope that she is out there laying them on a nice Oak tree. May the circle be unbroken.

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Not pictured: what must amount to a tree’s worth of White Oak leaves that made all this growth possible (I am exaggerating; it was a lot of leaves). More to say about these moths and some things I learned (that I couldn’t find out even from my friend Google, or from my acquaintance the Entomologist) to be posted here soon!

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