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Lophocampa maculata - Development Sequence and observations - Lophocampa maculata - female

Lophocampa maculata - Development Sequence and observations - Lophocampa maculata - Female
Elkton, Douglas County, Oregon, USA
July 6, 2011
Shotguneddie gave me the courage and many pointers to raise caterpillars. Ken Strothkamp's work on Lophocampa maculata inspired me to try maculata cats. The following are the events of that adventure . . . as perceived by a novice.

Thanks, Edna and Ken. I hope you will chime in.

(Each cat was photographed every day at least once. I have over 500 macro images of these cats (4288x2848 pixels). Individual enlargements/closeups can be added, if needed. The cats are quite beautiful at 100% - when the light wraps them just right, their red, orange and yellow setae seem to glow.)

07-06-11: This female was captured on 07-06-2011 at 11:38:25 PM.

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Add us to the list of
those in awe!

 
If you look toward Elkton at sunset,
that pinkish glow you'll see in the sky is me, blushing.

Thanks.

whoa!
awesome rearing sequence!
ill give you an A!
i didnt get many critters to coccons this year.:-(
but next year is comming. and my personal coccon (cabin) is darn near finished!

 
Thanks, Edna,
I had trouble with other cats I tried to raise, too - some from eggs, some just cats I found around the yard, even a few cocoons I found never came to term. Most of the cats seemed to succumb to some sort of virus or other. They'd lose liquid from both ends, whither up and die. Even my regular bug population seems way down, perhaps 80% from normal years. Here's hoping next year is better.

And good luck with your "personal cocoon (cabin)".

Thanks
for this wonderful post!

 
You're quite welcome.
It was a lot of fun and quite informative to raise these little guys. I plan on raising more next year to see what else I can learn. I may even try one or two other moths, as well.

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