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Elm Sphinx adult for April in PA - Ceratomia amyntor

Elm Sphinx adult for April in PA - Ceratomia amyntor
Temple University Campus, North Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
April 23, 2010
Size: 2 inches long
Adult elm sphinx moth, reared from caterpillar collected in August 2009. I kept the pupa outside in a sheltered location, so it experienced natural temperature and weather conditions.

I wasn't sure I'd ever see this insect again, and was thrilled when I saw it climbing out of the dirt!

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lucky you
to see it climbing out of the dirt. little is known about earth pupaters so if you can try to escavate to the remains of the pupal shell and also put in if it wiggled up closer or if it eclosed and then crawled up its old tunnel.
too cool.
i have some burried ones and am waiting till next moths for them

 
yes, I kept the container
It was in a flowerpot full of dirt, and the exuvia must still be down there. I only saw it as it emerged from the dirt, I don't know if it was the same tunnel as it went down last year.

I was surprised that it emerged in April, but we've had very warm weather for the past two weeks.

 
Nice work.
Great job, Abigail. By the way, day length determines emergence much more so than temperature fluctuations. So, keeping the pupa exposed to natural light seems to be the key (though that admittedly does sound weird for a subterranean pupa....hm-m-m).

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