Lappet moth cocoon

  • Jasdeep singh

In march 2018, i saw this cocoon attached to one of the rods of our grill gate.And on the next day, i saw  a big moth present over this cocoon.I searched on google and came to know that it is a rose myrtle lappet moth.I waited for this cocoon to hatch.After three months(in may),i found this empty cocoon lying on the floor.I missed its hatching!.But i collected this cocoon and observed under foldscope.

[caption id=”attachment_40532″ align=”alignnone” width=”300″] 1. Rose myrtle lappet moth present over cocoon[/caption]

[caption id=”attachment_40533″ align=”alignnone” width=”300″] 2. Empty cocoon collected[/caption]

[caption id=”attachment_40535″ align=”alignnone” width=”225″] 3. Part of cocoon placed over slide[/caption]

[caption id=”attachment_43637″ align=”alignnone” width=”300″] 4. Silk fibres seen[/caption]

[caption id=”attachment_43640″ align=”alignnone” width=”300″] 5. thin silk fibres observed interwoven with each other[/caption]

[caption id=”attachment_43642″ align=”alignnone” width=”300″] 6. thick silk fibre in the middle zoomed[/caption]

[caption id=”attachment_40537″ align=”alignnone” width=”225″] 7. spicule like structures seen[/caption]

[caption id=”attachment_43639″ align=”alignnone” width=”300″] 8. mass of thin silk filaments[/caption]

[caption id=”attachment_40540″ align=”alignnone” width=”225″] 9. highly entangled silk fibres[/caption]










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