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Hyalophora cecropia: A Life Cycle Photo Journal.

Part 1: Egg laying and Hatching

 

Below: This Hyalophora Cecropia moth is depositing eggs on a twig. June 21st in Richmond Kentucky I spotted a female and brought her home. Hours after capture the moth began laying .

It seems she was programmed to lay a certain quota of eggs per unit of energy used.    Eggs were laid after each period of activity. The more activity, the more eggs were excreted. eggs could appear anywhere. A few were even laid right on my hand!

Saturniid moths have no mouthparts so do not feed as adults. They use the remaining energy, stored from last year's voracious caterpillar days, to fly about and lay eggs.

It takes a full year for a cecropia caterpillar to grow up, spend the winter in a cocoon, and finally emerge the following spring to early summer as an adult moth. Cecropia pupae automatically go into diapause and require a several week cold period to "restart" the life cycle development process into an adult moth classifying them as obligate univoltine.  So...be patient. Adult moths are due to come in summer of 2010!

A story about Sam, the cecropia moth, and his life is available. This free story is written as an educational tool for older children. It includes all seen here but eith added metaphor, philosophy and allusions leading to discussions in both scientific and spiritual/moral domains. Go to http://moth.onenessbecomesus.com  and check it out.

New HD videos showing detailed events in the life of a Cecropia moth can be seen by clicking here.

Included are "real time" action scenes of a 1. Skin shed from 4th instar ecdysis. 2. The Caterpillar eating its old exuvia skin 3. Caterpillar to pupa eclose. 4. Cocoon construction; and more. Link here.

 

 

New HD videos showing detailed events in the life of a Cecropia moth can be seen by clicking here.

Included are "real time" action scenes of a 1. Skin shed from 4th instar ecdysis. 2. The Caterpillar eating its old exuvia skin 3. Caterpillar to pupa eclose. 4. Cocoon construction; and more. Link here.

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A Cecropia Moth Lifestyle (Pt1)

Meditate and wonder; Experience the marvel of a complete metamorphosis while listening to sumptuous music of Debussy and Holst. Witness events common to nature but rarely seen.

See cecropia moth metamorphosis close up chronological view showing detailed transitions from egg, caterpillar growth, 4rth instar ecdysis and cocoon spinning.

 

Incredible Transformations: A Cecropia Moth Life Style from David Britton on Vimeo.

Below are two cecropia caterpillar  hatch (eclose) photo sequences. Click on a thumbnail image below to view full size images and start a slide show,

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Eggs of the cecropia moth. They were laid hours after capture of the female moth June 21st 2009. Hatching occured ten days later. This caterpillar hatched on July 2nd, 2009 about an hour ago. The baby is well on its way to finding its first meal.
This caterpillar hatched on July 2nd, 2009 about an hour ago. The baby is well on its way to finding its first meal.

Click here or on the baby caterpillar below to see a "Cecropia Moth Caterpillar Growth and Development Photo Journal". View the striking color differences exhibeted within a single instar growth period. Study an indepth slide show showing the ordeal of ecdysis into 5th instar shed.

For a complete cecropia caterpillar growth photo journal: Click here to continue to Part 2  

Continue to part 3, "Cocoon and Pupa", by clicking here.

Experiance cecropia moth caterpillar growth and development. See colorful skin changes from black, orange to green and more. Witness what a caterpillar goes through in the 4rth to 5th instar shed process.   http://lifecycle.onenessbecomesus.com/caterpillar.htm

Watch a caterpillar as it builds a silk frame strengthened eith leaves and proceeds to spin a cocoon. Watch what happens hidden within a cocoon as a cecropia pre-pupa sheds into a pupa, then slowly changes color from green to a rich deep brown. see http://lifecycle.onenessbecomesus.com/cocoon.html

New HD videos showing detailed events in the life of a Cecropia moth can be seen by clicking here.

Included are "real time" action scenes of a 1. Skin shed from 4th instar ecdysis. 2. The Caterpillar eating its old exuvia skin 3. Caterpillar to pupa eclose. 4. Cocoon constructionand 5. Adult moth emergence. Link here.

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