|Male Cecropia Moth, June 2018 (This is actually Heimlich's Papa!) Photo by Barbara Canney|
Long story short, she took it in, cared for it, it made it's cocoon, emerged in the Spring, attracted a mate, they made lots of babies, and Rob and I went over to her house last Saturday to pick up one of those babies. I've really shortened what is really quite a remarkable act of nature. I suggest you visit her Facebook group, Wild Eyes Pixs by Barbara Canney and check out her Cecropia Moth album to see the whole story in pictures.
She posted a couple months ago that the caterpillars were available to raise to people who had lilac bushes, and would care for it through all its stages. I was immediately interested, but wanted to make sure it was something I thought we could do. It was also right before my trip to Alberta. After checking out this blog about raising the moths, and talking to Rob about it after I returned from my trip, we decided to take this project on, and went to pick up one of the last remaining 5 caterpillars she had left.
|Our new addition!|
|Rob and I watched the movie the day after bringing him home.|
|Shedding his old skin.|
|He's eating away in Magaritaville!|
|Home Sweet Home|
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