After almost 8 months of wintering over, moisturizing, hovering and nail biting, the moth has finally emerged from the cocoon I found in the leaf litter last October. I even took the cocoon camping with me – I did not want to miss the big event! Introducing my Polyphemus moth.
I will be releasing him/her this evening. I am so excited! Barb Evett, Peterborough
Local moth expert Tim Dyson responds to Barb Evett’s sighting:
Barb’s follow-up: Thank you for the wonderful information, Tim. Last Friday morning I discovered she had emerged and her wings were extended fully. I feared she had emerged the previous day and I had failed to discover it. I knew from an article I read that she had three days to mate, so time was of the essence. So, that night, I took her outside on my hand after dark. She had climbed up my arm, had her wings straight out and she was vibrating. I wanted to set her on the trunk of my maple tree, but as soon as the night breeze touched her, she was off and into the night air. I know she flew across the street disappearing into the night. I am hopeful she successfully found a mate. I am totally fascinated by your email. They stay attached till dusk?? The spray can out of her bottom? I never knew moths were so complex and interesting. I am keeping your email and address for future reference. You must have all the right equipment for your 45 cocoons. If you ever do an open house, let me know.