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Here are new videos showing detailed life events of the cecropia moth.

Arduous Ordeal: A Cecropia Moth Caterpillar Struggles Free from its Outgrown Skin

Watch this " live action" culmination of a 36+ hr ordeal as a cecropia moth caterpillar struggles to break free and crawl out of its old confining skin. After about 36 hrs  of waiting I was able to shoot this  video.  Here you will witness the contortion, exertion and long-term effort as the larva jerks, twitches, stretches and finally crawls free of the outgrown 4th instar exuvia.

 

 

A First 5th Instar Dinner

Relax, watch and listen as a cecropia moth caterpillar enjoys a rare animal protein snack; its own just shed exuvia skin! This 6 minute video highlights an approximate hour long activity.

 

 

 A Cecropia Caterpillar Cocoon Construction Project

This  video shows detailed highlights of a Hyalophora cecropia larva spinning its cocoon. Watch as a caterpillar selects a spot to spin, draws leaves together to create a framework and proceeds to spin the cocoon. View the complete cocoon inside and out.

 

 

 A Cecropia Moth Life's Milestone Pupation Event

Observe what is commonly accomplished but seldom seen. Peer into the inner realm of a cocoon.  Watch a Hyalophora cecropia caterpillar as it slowly becomes a soft flacid helpless prepupa. See real time "live" action as the shed ultimately results in a dark colored legless eyeless pupa.

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Emerging Beauty

Meditate, listen and marvel as inner beauty is brought forth in its manifest perfection from within. Watch as a cecropia moth struggles free from its pupal skin, expands its new wings and takes flight.

 

 

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