Join the Vermont Silk Moth Cocoon Watch This Month!

As November begins, we enter stick season, surrounded by the bare​ ​twigs of deciduous trees and shrubs. However, the lack of leaves reveals other jewels, if you know where to look for them—giant silk moth cocoons​.​ Giant silk moths (Saturniidae) are massive by moth standards, including the well-known Luna Moth (Actias luna). In Vermont, five species in this group have been recorded: Luna Moth, Polyphemus Moth (Antheraea polyphemus), Cecropia Moth (Hyalophora cecropia), Promethea Moth (Callosamia promethea), and Columbia Moth (Hyalophora columbia).

These species overwinter as pupa, wrapped snugly in their silken cocoons.​ ​This November, ​the Vermont Atlas of Life is asking you all to join ​our Cocoon Watch ​on iNaturalist by locating and ​photographing giant silk moth cocoons​. Learn more about the project and how to find/ ID cocoons at https://val.vtecostudies.org/missions/cocoon-watch/ and join us on iNaturalist ​at https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/vermont-giant-silk-moth-cocoon-watch.

Anotado por jpupko jpupko, 04 de noviembre de 2021 a las 02:02 PM

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