Sunday, May 27, 2007

Silkmoths


I was lucky enough to catch one coming out of the cocoon this morning.




As hideous as the fully grown silkworms looked, (see them in this post), they have redeemed themselves in their adult form. A delicate and decidedly furry creamy white, they remind me of baby harp seals with their big, dark eyes.


At first only males emerged. There were 4 of them, and for a couple of days, they waited, motionless, for a female.



At last! A single female emerged, and was immediately claimed.



The other males flapped their wings and vibrated with anticipation.



As the second female was mating, another male tried to take over.





I had given some silkworms to Kathi, and she realized that she had no idea what to feed the adult moths. I told her that the moths have no mouths and do not eat at all. Their lives, which as caterpillars consisted entirely of eating, now focus only on reproduction.

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