Update on the Polyphemus Moths, 03-18-19

Our naturalists class’s first Polyphemus Moth (Antheraea polyphemus) hatched out of its cocoon on Thursday, March 14th, and was a female. By March 18th it was already winding down in it life processes, but the reproductive instinct is strong. Even though they’re not fertilized, our moth was found laying eggs in her enclosure. #CalNat

Later in the day, our second Polyphemus moth hatched. It’s a boy! Notice those impressive antennae. His wings are wrinkly because he just hatched from his cocoon.

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