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Lophocampa maculata - Development Sequence and observations - Lophocampa maculata

Lophocampa maculata - Development Sequence and observations - Lophocampa maculata
Elkton, Douglas County, Oregon, USA
July 27, 2011
7-23-11: All but one cat has undergone yesterday's change, adding white hairs.

And one seems to be a little ahead of the others, with black tufts emerging from some fore and aft black spots..

7-24-11: No noticeable changes.

7-25-11: A little growth seems noticeable, more in thickness than in length.

7-26-11: The bodies on most cats seem to be getting a little more yellowish, and they appear to be a bit plumper.

7-27-11: Surprise! A major change! As usual, one cat seems to be ahead of the others. It's developed reddish dorsal spots.

Several cats now have black, fuzzy hair collars. All are getting fat and buttery.

Summary: Being this is the first time I've tried raising moths from eggs, I'd say a lot has happened to my little boarders this past week. The cats now range from about 5 to 6mm long and over 1mm wide - perhaps tripling in size since hatching. As to which instar they might be in, I have no idea. I always thought there would be a shedding of some sort to indicate an instar change, but so far I've seen no discarded remnants of any sort, only frass. All the changes I've seen appear to be done within the same skin.

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