The continuing saga of moths! This post is dedicated to my favorite species, Hyalophora Cecropia. They are giant silk moths that are native to much of the United States. 🙂 Their caterpillars are picky about what they eat, but once they get nice and fat they spin a cocoon out of silk and go dormant for the cold months. When they emerge from the cocoon they are big beautiful moths with fat fluffy bums. Silk moths only live a little over a week as they don’t have working mouths, but they’re too busy finding mates to worry about that. By the end of their time as a moth their wings are very beat up and usually their life ends by being eaten by a bird or some other forest critter.
Taking a little break from the art for a moment. 🙂 I’ve been raising silk moths and other types of moths and thought I would share some pictures of that! These insects are all ones I either raised from caterpillar or cocoon. I’m going to start off with the very first moths I raised, which were hawk moths.
This particular species is Manduca Sexta. The caterpillars eat primarily tomato or tobacco for most of their lives to get nice and fat, then bury themselves in the dirt to pupate. The adult moths live about two weeks and fly very much like hummingbirds. They even have a long tongue to sip nectar from plants! Manduca sexta is a great species for beginners to start with since the caterpillars are sold at a lot of pets stores as lizard food.