Well, it’s your average run-of-the mill moth (shrug). Last Sunday night I glanced into the jar, thinking that we really should poke some holes in the lid, when I discovered an empty brown translucent cocoon (much smaller than I’d figured –about 1 inch long and 1/3″ around), and a little newly-hatched average-type light brown moth barely fluttering on the bottom of the jar. Since we didn’t know how long it had been since he’d hatched, we took him outside right away so he could find food and water and whatever else moths need. It was about 50 degrees outside when he was freed, so I’m not sure where he is now. Elanor said he kind of woke up once she let him out of the jar. He’d been pretty lifeless when I discovered him, and I was afraid he’d gone without food too long, but apparently he was somewhat all right. So, he did survive his pupation on the kitchen counter, and we were privileged to be witnesses to his transformation. Pretty cool, if you ask me.
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