Photos of caterpillar constructing a cocoon
Photos of various cecropia cocoons
#1 purged liquid and began forming cocoon 6 August
I carefully opened cocoon to track how many days
until it pupated. Pupa was formed 16 August 2013
The large antennae indicate the pupa is male
#1 purged liquid and
began forming cocoon 6 August
Pupa was formed 16 August 2013
Male and Female pupa comparison - May 2014
Note male on left has much wider antennae than female on
Notice the female is larger than the male
| Photo Details - ©Nicky Davis
In 2013 I received
ova from Kevin Collison of Osceola, Polk County, Wisconsin (elevation 825
feet). He reared some cecropia in 2012 and when the females emerged in 2013
he mated the females with wild caught males.
Females oviposited 26 June 2013
- Began Emerging 7 July 2013 and continued to 9 July 2013. 100
percent hatch rate.
First instars were 5 mm long..
Second Instars began molting
7:14 P.M. on 11 July 2013 .
They were 10 mm long right after molting.
Molted to Third Instar
16 July 2013
Molted to Fourth Instar 22 July 2013
#1 Molted to Fifth Instar 27 July 2013
#1 purged excess liquid on 6 August 2013 and began spinning cocoon.
#1 Pupa formed 16 August 2013 which was ten days from the day caterpillar
purged liquid and began spinning the
These were placed in the crisper of a fridge at about 41 F. on 29 September
Some were taken out of hibernation on April 7, 2014 and some on May 1, 2014.
Photos of Male and female pupa for comparison.