Birds & Blooms - - Ask The Ex­perts - CADIL­LAC, MICHI­GAN

Last Novem­ber I found this maple leaf with a co­coon in­side still at­tached to a branch. The co­coon was about half an inch wide and 2 inches long. Some­time dur­ing the spring, it dis­ap­peared. What do you think was in­side? Karen Web­ster

Kenn and Kim­berly: This is the co­coon of a wild silk moth species, al­most cer­tainly a polyphe­mus moth. The polyphe­mus is one of the largest and most beau­ti­ful moths in North Amer­ica, and maples are among the fa­vored host plants for their stout green cater­pil­lars. The adults live for only a few days, just long enough to mate and lay eggs. If you’re lucky, you might spot one in late spring or early sum­mer.

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