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Cocoon Question

Apr Thu 30, 2020 7:06 pm

Hello WCF members,
Discovered this cocoon on a branch in my backyard the other day. A large crow was desperately trying to get it which is how we made the discovery. We clipped the branch and moved the cocoon into an old butterfly hatching mesh enclosure now hanging next to my patio door outside.
Anybody have a guess on what type of moth or butterfly will emerge?
My initial guess was a Cecropia Moth but it might not be large enough.
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Re: Cocoon Question

Apr Thu 30, 2020 7:16 pm

It's Ascalapha odorata, I'd get it off your property. Lol

Re: Cocoon Question

Apr Thu 30, 2020 7:27 pm

Well, I’m kind of interested to see what could possibly get worse! What’s the saying, “ If it wasn’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have any luck at all...”!

Re: Cocoon Question

Apr Thu 30, 2020 7:58 pm

Praying Mantis.

Re: Cocoon Question

May Fri 01, 2020 7:53 am

cut that branch and stick it in an insect pet box and see what hatches!!

Re: Cocoon Question

May Fri 01, 2020 8:32 am

Cool. Let us know what comes out.

Re: Cocoon Question

May Fri 01, 2020 9:15 am

Rambler wrote:Cool. Let us know what comes out.


A praying mantis....

Re: Cocoon Question

May Fri 01, 2020 9:24 am

If it's a mantis, it's really not a cocoon. It's a condominium. Watch out!

Re: Cocoon Question

May Fri 01, 2020 5:34 pm

Looks like Brian Dennehy reincarnated, as a cocoon. :lol:

Re: Cocoon Question

May Fri 01, 2020 6:13 pm

Good one Jim.

Re: Cocoon Question

May Fri 01, 2020 6:59 pm

Will love it if it’s a Praying Mantis egg sack. I have it in a butterfly hatching thing. I will definitely post the “birth”.

Re: Cocoon Question

May Fri 01, 2020 7:51 pm

I have them in my yard as well. People who are big on vegetable or fruit gardens will actually buy those eggs and hatch them in their garden to protect their crops from mites and bugs.

I played 16 inch softball 5 or 6 nights a week all over the city and suburbs. The Mantises would be out and about feeding on mosquitoes, a lot of times up near the light posts, but also all across outfield grasses.

That being said, I'm definitely not certain it's a mantis, I only hope it is :lol:

Re: Cocoon Question

May Fri 01, 2020 8:44 pm

I will be very happy if it’s a mantis egg sack; glad it’s not in my house though

Re: Cocoon Question

May Fri 01, 2020 10:26 pm

If I remember correctly from my days of youth, when there was an abundance of butterflies and moths, enough so I collected as a hobby.
Butterflies have a chrysalis.
Moths have a cocoon.

I defer to Aux.

I got a chance one night in norther Wisconsin (junior high age), to see a flying Luna moth. We had hung a white bed sheet, and shone a spot-light on it. Had to smother myself in bug spray. But it was fun to watch all the stuff that showed up. Even bats feasting on all the bugs.

And to really go far astray from this thread, one night while walleye fishing, I cast the crank bait I was using, and part way through the follow thru, the line went slack. then started moving erratically. A bat took a swipe at my bait in mid-air and hooked himself. I was quite surprised when I reeled in to see what was flopping around. Fortunately, it freed itself.

OK Rambler. Its your turn for a good story.

Re: Cocoon Question

Jun Mon 01, 2020 11:50 am

It looks like a giant silk moth (cecropia, Polyphemus etc.) cocoon.

Re: Cocoon Question

Jun Mon 01, 2020 12:20 pm

Updates?
Did the prego pouch pop yet?

Re: Cocoon Question

Jun Mon 01, 2020 2:57 pm

Nothing yet; still hanging outside inside a net bug house. Either the resident has expired or it's still cooking.
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