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Egg case, pupa, something else? - Euchaetes elegans

Egg case, pupa, something else? - Euchaetes elegans
Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, USA
August 1, 2011
Size: 15 mm x 6 mm
On milkweed vine, probably Sarcostemma hirtellum. No observable exit hole. Is this an egg case or maybe a tussock moth pupating? I haven't been able to find an exact match in Charley's fine book (1).

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Moved
Moved from Pygarctia roseicapitis. Oops. After closer examination of the pinned moths I realize these are Euchaetes elegans.

Moved
Moved from Tiger Moths.

Moved
Moved from ID Request. Tentatively moved until they reveal themselves!

Euchaetes zella egg mass?
Reminds me of a milkweed tussock moth egg mass, covered with hairs from the female's abdomen (see p. 22). E. zella is the only Euchaetes listed in the HOSTS database for this host plant.
[Edit] I suppose this is good supporting evidence:

:)

 
Great !
Now to search the internet for the best rearing strategy. Any suggestions? They are in my yard so maybe I should just let them be and document daily with photos. Thanks again for all you do at BG!

 
Thanks Edna,
That's what I have done. Put one end of the cut vine through a tiny hole in small, water filled vial and stuck it in one of my cages on the screened porch.

 
bring em in
hatch them and release most? but keep a few. you should be able to rear them with a leaf at a time..small container like a plastic sandwich container. lidded works fine. poke a couple holes aso it dont get too humid.

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