This is all so sudden and unexpected... just look at that little guy up there. Just how.
My coworker had found him in a head of red leaf lettuce, and we didn't want anything bad to happen to him, so I took him home with some of his favourite lettuce.
Only a few days passed before the cocooning, which also took me by surprise. I thought we would be caterpillar friends for a bit longer. He solidified and darkened so quickly, and I actually thought he was dead. It happens - when they look quite dark, it can be a sign that they died before they could transform.
But I was wrong.
I came home from work and was sweeping around my desk when I found my bug container had moved from my shelf, over to my desk and knocked onto its side. The little door was open. I was so confused, I thought "who on earth would drop my moth box, recklessly leave the poor thing on its side with the door wide open, and put this moth in here?"
This couldn't be OUR moth...
When did this happen? I apparently missed the whole dang thing! Sure enough, there was a tunnel out of the cocoon.
A light breeze picked up, and his antennae shot straight out. He wiggled his little fuzzy head tufts, and then shot a crap 3 feet into the air before fluttering off! :O
So now I guess Maggie has a curfew this summer. She loves to catch moths and bring them inside. We won't know if her next victim is gonna be OUR moth. Hopefully, the moth has learned to stay far away!
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?