Friday, 19 May 2017

The Poplar Hawk Moth



 This picture is of a moth!! Not a cute affenpinscher moth like me BOL but a Poplar Hawk Moth. My peeps have raised some of these from tiny caterpillars and let them overwinter as chrysalides in the shed until the Spring...and now they are beginning to emerge.



This is the special house that the hawk moth caterpillars lived in when they first arrived here.


And this is one of the hungry caterpillars - they munched their way through the poplar leaves and grew bigger and bigger every day.


                   As they got bigger, they cast off their skin - you can see on this photo.


Eventually they stopped eating and began to spin themselves a chrysalis to sleep and transform themselves. These moths like to hibernate and transform under the earth so my peeps made an earth bed for them and put it away safely in the shed to wait for Spring.


A few weeks ago when the weather began to get warmer, the earth box was brought into the house and covered with a tall shelter of netting..and one by one the moths began to emerge. They came out one at a time and when their wings had dried and they were ready to leave they were released in the evening to enjoy the night air and to find a mate. Sadly these moths only live a short time, long enough to find a mate, for eggs to be laid and then they flutter away across the Rainbow Bridge.


Here is the last photo of this moth before it flew off into the night.

If you would like to see more about moths of the winged kind, there is a wonderful blog called  The Silkmoth Spinner - click on the name to visit the blog..

8 comments:

  1. OMD, OMD you grow your own Mofties as well!!!!
    I luffs the horn on the tail of the CattiePillars and the way the Moftie folds its hind wing ahead of their front wings so they look just like a leafs when resting
    Such clever Mofties
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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  2. Kind of reminds me of the cicada invasion we are having here, yep those darn thing appear every seventeen years. Nymphs emerge from the ground, they are wingless. The nymphal skin splits down the back and out come these white things that turn ugly ~ they attach to everything. When you mow you slush through them. I'm not growing those things.
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot

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  3. Lady grew a caterpillar when she was a kid but never a moth. It is a very nice moth.

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  4. Wonderful to be able to watch them throughout their development.

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  5. What a wonderful experience!!!
    Smileys!
    Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

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  6. What a great idea, your moths are lovely! I never realized how beautiful they can be until we moved to the country, and I got to see them up close - They're just as unique and beautiful as butterflies!

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  7. that is an interesting moth! we sometimes get some big moths here
    hugs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

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  8. How interesting! Our mom told us about this!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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