I heard scratching inside the Polyphemus cocoons (you remember my fat green sausages?!), and I took a peek.
No moths trapped inside. Still troublemakers, just in pupa form. They should be adults any day now!
February 26, 2019
They yearned for freedom!
@burningtrashnightmare asked about cutting the cocoons open! The cocoons keep them safe from predators and the environment. They made these cocoons in … November? December? It was months ago, in any case. The cocoons are semi-waterproof, but still breatheable, are sturdy, everything they need to stay protected in the wild.
In my house, however, they don’t need to worry about baking in the sun, drowning in the rain, or getting attacked by parasites. I have had “naked” pupae sitting out for months, but as long as they don’t dry out (air conditioning is not a moth’s best friend!), they are fine! There might be some issues with getting out of the pupa without the end anchored in the cocoon, but we’ll see!
February 27, 2019