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Polyphemus caterpillars

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One of the young men in our nature study/co-op group found a female Polyphemus moth. Within the plastic takeout box he’d brought her to his mother in, she laid many eggs. So after she was released, the boy’s mother gave me the box with the eggs. They can be seen in the lower right hand corner of this photo.

Learning that the eggs were to hatch in 10 days (if fertilized), and that today had been 10 days, I took the box to one of the maple trees in our yard and attached it, open, with rubber bands to a low branch. We noticed some leaves had been munched- and there were tiny caterpillars! They seem to be enjoying themselves and we have enjoyed watching them. Hoping we get a Polyphemus moth in our yard next year 🙂

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