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I found a , , wild cecropia moth cocoon while salamander hunting in early March. I noticed in my FB feed that I've posted emerging cecropias on this day in previous years, so I went to check on the cocoon (which I had just tucked into a wreath that hangs on the house). I was disappointed to feel how light it was and figured the moth had already eclosed and left. But I couldn't see an opening that was enough for the moth to get through. I was even more disappointed to discover, upon opening the cocoon, that the pupa was still there but had been destroyed by parasitic flies. The moth pupa is the Giger-looking g, the fly pupae are the smaller ones. The moth would have been a male--you can tell by the heavily feathered antennae impressions in the pupal shell.

By Insectra8
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I used to find cecropeias as a kid and release the moths. So sorry to see this one parasitized. Nature can be do brutal!

Zster Level 8 May 12, 2018
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when i was a kid i was lucky to observe 5 emerge when i was exploring under a bush

btroje Level 9 May 11, 2018

Nice! The only time I've seen them emerge is if I've collected cocoons or reared them myself.

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Sad

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AstralSmoke Level 8 May 11, 2018
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