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Regal Moth, Citheronia regalis

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By Diohio


Regal Moth, Citheronia regalis (Rhus glabra)

A female Regal moth on my face. This female came to my porch light one night and after putting her in my 'cathouse' for the night to see if she'd drop eggs, I released her the next night and she would not leave me. She proceded to lay 8 more eggs right on my sweatshirt. I finally had to take her up to the sumac grove and place her on a sumac leaf. This moth is one of the largest in our area.



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Awesome! Am so glad you're sharing all this with us on GOY. You are the Atttenborough or Irwin of the insect world, in my opinion. Do you have a room filled with wildlife conservation medals/certificates (or whatever the going thing is)? If not, you should have!

20 Mar, 2008

 

Well thank you so much David ! I'm gettini all teary-eyed over here. You're too kind. I just love nature and learning about it. No medals or certificates, just a few Atta-boy's like the one you just gave me and that's plenty enough !

20 Mar, 2008

 

I guess I should have said "Atta-girl" !

20 Mar, 2008

 

OMG that Moth is so Beautiful Di :)

20 Mar, 2008

 

More beautiful photos Diohio keep them coming

20 Mar, 2008

Sid
Sid
 

That moth is HUGE!! Did you put your sweater with the eggs on in your cat-house?

20 Mar, 2008

Sid
Sid
 

Di - have you ever thought of maybe consulting with a publisher about the possibility of putting a book together? With your knowledge of your native wildlife, coupled with your knowledge of plants and what plants the various creatures need to survive, coupled with your stunning photography, it could be a really beautiful publication which would help other people to help wildlife.

20 Mar, 2008

 

Way cool..! What more can I say that hasn't already been said !~ Love it.

21 Mar, 2008

 

Sid, to answer your question about the moth eggs on my sweatshirt........I picked the eggs off and I put them in petri dishes until they hatch and they're in about their 3rd instar. When they hatch they're way too tiny to be in a cathouse or large area. These moth eggs are fairly hard so if you get your nail under them they come right off. When the moth lays eggs in the cathouse she just lays them on the side screen and that's how I get them off.

And your other question, I have a good friend that has offered to do a book with me if I ever decide to write one. She has had books published before and knows the steps. Maybe one day. I'd really love to write a children's book. Thanks for your compliment. It means a lot.

21 Mar, 2008

Sid
Sid
 

Cool! Go for it!

21 Mar, 2008

 

Was about to ask if you had ever published, but see that Sid thought same. You should really go for it!

23 Mar, 2008



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