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Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
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Apr 18, 2010 8:18 PM CST
Forbes Silkmoth (Rothschildia forbesi lebeau) life cycle

Larval hosts: Lime Prickly Ash (Zanthoxylum fagara), Mexican Ash (Fraxinus berlandieriana), Willow (Salix), Peach (Prunus persica), citrus (Citrus), Acacia (Acacia) and Privet.


I've raise them on Lime Prickly Ash, Mexican Ash and Privet

Adult female moth recently emerged from cocoon - these moths do not have mouth parts and do not feed. They live for about a week.

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Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
in the deep south tip of Texas
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Apr 18, 2010 8:19 PM CST
Forbes Silkmoth - Mating pair

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Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
in the deep south tip of Texas
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Apr 18, 2010 8:25 PM CST
Forbes Silkmoth - ovipositing female


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Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
in the deep south tip of Texas
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Apr 18, 2010 8:25 PM CST
Forbes Silkmoth - the eggs laid

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Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
in the deep south tip of Texas
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Apr 18, 2010 8:26 PM CST
Forbes Silkmoth - More eggs

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Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
in the deep south tip of Texas
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Apr 18, 2010 8:27 PM CST
Forbes Silkmoth - even laid on brown paper

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Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
in the deep south tip of Texas
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Apr 18, 2010 8:28 PM CST
Forbes Silkmoth - first instar caterpillars
Just look at those cute little eggs they hatched out of.

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Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
in the deep south tip of Texas
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Apr 18, 2010 8:29 PM CST
Forbes Silkmoth - second instar caterpillar

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Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
in the deep south tip of Texas
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TexasPuddyPrint
Apr 18, 2010 8:30 PM CST
Forbes Silkmoth - third instar caterpillar - recently molted

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Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
in the deep south tip of Texas
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TexasPuddyPrint
Apr 18, 2010 8:31 PM CST
Forbes Silkmoth - third instar caterpillars - one recently molted, the other a couple of days old

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Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
in the deep south tip of Texas
Image
TexasPuddyPrint
Apr 18, 2010 8:32 PM CST
Forbes Silkmoth - fourth instar caterpillar - recently molted

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Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
in the deep south tip of Texas
Image
TexasPuddyPrint
Apr 18, 2010 8:32 PM CST
Forbes Silkmoth - fourth instar caterpillar - a few days older

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Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
in the deep south tip of Texas
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TexasPuddyPrint
Apr 18, 2010 8:34 PM CST
Forbes Silkmoth - my how they do get big!!!

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Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
in the deep south tip of Texas
Image
TexasPuddyPrint
Apr 18, 2010 8:34 PM CST
Forbes Silkmoth - and it has cute little feet!

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Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
in the deep south tip of Texas
Image
TexasPuddyPrint
Apr 18, 2010 8:35 PM CST
Forbes Silkmoth - starting to pupate - note silk threads

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My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance.

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Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
in the deep south tip of Texas
Image
TexasPuddyPrint
Apr 18, 2010 8:35 PM CST
Forbes Silkmoth - more silking

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My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance.

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Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
in the deep south tip of Texas
Image
TexasPuddyPrint
Apr 18, 2010 8:36 PM CST
Forbes Silkmoth - and still more to form the cocoon

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My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance.

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Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
in the deep south tip of Texas
Image
TexasPuddyPrint
Apr 18, 2010 8:38 PM CST
Forbes Silkmoth - all done

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My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance.

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Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
in the deep south tip of Texas
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TexasPuddyPrint
Apr 18, 2010 8:39 PM CST
Here's looking at you! Ventral view.

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My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance.

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Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
in the deep south tip of Texas
Image
TexasPuddyPrint
Apr 18, 2010 8:41 PM CST
One last look at the dorsal view

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