Jump to content

  • Chat
  •  
  •  





Welcome to Formiculture.com!

This is a website for anyone interested in Myrmecology and all aspects of finding, keeping, and studying ants. The site and forum are free to use, and contain no ads for members. Register now to gain access to all of our features. Once registered and logged in, you will be able to create topics, post replies to existing threads, give reputation points to your fellow members, get your own private messenger, post status updates, manage your profile and so much more. If you already have an account, login here - otherwise create an account for free today!

Photo
- - - - -

unknown large heavy green cocoon


  • Please log in to reply
6 replies to this topic

#1 Offline sweetgrass - Posted September 20 2018 - 10:27 AM

sweetgrass

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 79 posts
  • LocationMedicine Hat, Alberta Canada

V4QBu0TGpPJqd2.jpg

Found in my yard in Medicine Hat, Alberta on September 19/18  SE Alberta


  • TennesseeAnts and DaveJay like this

#2 Online Zeiss - Posted September 20 2018 - 10:54 AM

Zeiss

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 458 posts
  • LocationFountain Valley/Riverside, CA

Looks to be some sort of Saturniidae cocoon.  I wouldn't be able to tell what species until it hatched.  You might need to over-winter it until spring.


  • gcsnelling likes this

#3 Offline sweetgrass - Posted September 20 2018 - 11:36 AM

sweetgrass

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 79 posts
  • LocationMedicine Hat, Alberta Canada
Yes I will keep it. Outside ow in a gauze covered jar. Thanks

#4 Offline Salmon - Posted January 15 2019 - 9:19 PM

Salmon

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 245 posts
  • LocationMass, USA

Looks like a polyphemus moth cocoon that isn't finished being spun. Did it become thicker and more opaque over the next couple days?



#5 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted January 16 2019 - 7:38 AM

TennesseeAnts

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 860 posts

Keep it till it emerges! If it is a Polyphemus moth then that will be super cool. I caught an adult Polyphemus a few years back, it was incredibly large, and looked like a bat.


                                         Keeper Of
 
    
 
       1 Crematogaster asmeadi Colony That's Full of Personality (The Valentines)
                                                              That likes to escape
       2 Carpenter Ant Colonies (chromaiodes and castaneus)
       

 

        Still looking to collect a Stigmatomma pallipes colony

 

       


#6 Offline Canadian anter - Posted January 16 2019 - 7:48 AM

Canadian anter

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 1,100 posts
  • LocationToronto,Canada
I've kept a ton of silkmoths. From this pic alone seems more like a Luna, as they have thinner cocoons than polyohemeus
  • Subverted likes this

#7 Offline Salmon - Posted January 17 2019 - 6:42 PM

Salmon

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 245 posts
  • LocationMass, USA

I've kept a ton of silkmoths. From this pic alone seems more like a Luna, as they have thinner cocoons than polyohemeus

The caterpillar is still visible inside, so the cocoon is definitely still in the early stages of spinning and thickness is irrelevent.

 

I guessed polyphemus because their cocoons are more frequently built in trees or out in the open and tend to be much more commonly encountered. Also, if you look at the range of the two species, polyphemus seems to be the one more likely to turn up in southeastern Alberta:

 

https://www.inatural...?taxon_id=47916

 

https://www.inatural...?taxon_id=47916


Edited by Salmon, January 17 2019 - 6:43 PM.

  • T.C. likes this




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users