Since I mentioned those pesky asps in yesterday’s post, this seemed like the perfect opportunity for an update.
I’m happy to report that two or three of the cocoons have burst open, leading to the debut of four or six puss moths. Apparently, two (one big, one small) emerged from each one. Surprised the heck out of me.
When I checked on the chrysalis the first night it appeared, I could see that the cocoon on top of the arch near the caterpillar’s temporary home had opened. The next morning I used my Nikon 70-200mm lens with the 1.7x teleconverter to snap mediocre photos.
Then I examined the icky, disturbing cocoon on the front door jamb. It looked like I was going to be able to watch this moth emerge up close and personal, complete with clear, crisp photos. An apt reward for having to be careful not to harm the pupa for months. I was stoked!
However, nature gypped me! The moth never got beyond pushing part of his body out and remains in this still-life position. Darn it!
The next day when I was walking along the driveway, I noticed two southern flannel moths lounging together under the house’s overhang. But there was no cocoon nearby. Just the two critters. So I’m not sure if these were the same moths from the entryway or newbies.
Later that morning as I was going into the house, I saw two more little, furry beasts, this time near the front door.
Moths are nocturnal, so I wasn’t surprised that none of the critters I saw moved an inch during the day. But at night it was their time to fly without saying bye.
We still have several cocoons high up on the front entry and around the house, so the asp Motel 6 still is, unfortunately, in business. We continue to leave the light on.