Thursday, July 3, 2014

Mystery cocoon

Last week, James spotted this odd, LARGE cocoon hanging from a live oak branch in the front yard. After shooting pictures of the roosting bees the other night, I finally got a better look at the cocoon. I have NO clue what it might be. The mystery insect definitely used existing leaves to make the cocoon. So interesting!


Since we're clueless, we decided to carefully cut the cocoon from the branch and place it in a critter box for further observation. We set the container on a cabinet in the garage near a window. "We can't forget about it!" I told James. "I'll need to let it go as soon as whatever it is comes OUT."
To help jog my memory (and his) about our temporary guest in the garage, I scribbled a note and taped it to our kitchen door. Stay tuned!

7 comments:

jeffb5 said...

My guess is it's a moth. I wouldn't know what genus/species. Moths spin their cocoons from silk and butterflies from glands. I can hear the drum roll before it emerges.

Sheryl Smith-Rodgers said...

I agree! :-)

Ragna said...

Did it eclose? What was it?

Sheryl Smith-Rodgers said...

It's STILL in the container! It never opened! :-( I should have left it where it was.

Unknown said...

You should have left it over the winter. Cocoons that dont hatch in begining of summer will hibernate over winter.

Unknown said...

You should have left it over the winter. Cocoons that dont hatch in begining of summer will hibernate over winter.

Sheryl Smith-Rodgers said...

We recently opened it, and it was empty. :-(

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