PHOTO DETAILS - ©Nicky Davis
Ovum: I received 5 eggs but with no information on the day they were
laid or the location.
three hatched 28 July 2012 they were placed on
Ponderosa Pine, then a
fir, then a maple, and a Scrub Oak. After not seeing them feed on
of the plants, I put them each on a Scrub Oak leaf with nothing else to
eat for the night. In the morning they had fed on the oak. The
three hatchlings were also placed on oak and they
also fed on it. They were first instars for five days or
2 August 2012.
They molted to third instar on 6 August 2012 or
Three larvae were given back to John Richards to rear since
his hatchlings had refused to eat. The remaining two molted to
fourth instar on 11 August 2012 which was five days as third
instars. Note that this larva has red spikes on its head and tail
but no black tips on the red spikes as it had as third instar.
Also #2 fourth instar also has just red spikes.
#1 molted to fifth instar at 8 P.M. 21 August which was 11 days spent
as fourth instar. On August 25 it was 60 mm long. The maximum
length before getting off plant to pupate was 85 mm. Both #1 and
#2 threw their heads back and forth when I moved them to a new
plant. When about to feed they would grab a leaf and
rear back pulling
the leaf to their mouths.
#1 evacuated its bowels and walked off its plant 3:30 P.M.
9 September 2012. #2 walked off and evacuated bowels before 7
A.M. 10 September 2012. I transferred both to a plastic box
with sand plus some brown paper towel strips and placed the boxes in a
TOTAL days between hatch date and formation of pupa was 51. TOTAL
days larvae fed was 43.
After eight days, before 7 A.M. 17 September 2012 both #1 and #2
pupated. #1 was 46 mm long, #2 was 48 mm long
Formed 17 September 2012. #1 has
large antennae on the pupal case and the 4th segment past the wing case
is not interrupted in any way. which would indicate a male. #2 2 is
also a male. These hibernated for the winter in the crisper of
refrigerator at about 40 degrees.
They were taken out on 28 April 2013 and misted every
morning to keep
hydrated. On 18 May 2013 #1 you could no longer see light through
pupa when shining a flashlight through it. On 24 May 2013 #2 was
longer translucent. Both pupae still moved when you held them.
June 5, 2013, both pupae began to expand so that the sections of the
abdomen were extended but there was still no color change in the wing
case or otherwise. #2 emerged between 10 P.M. 7, June
and 6 A.M. 8 June, 2013 which was 41 days after coming out of
Larvae: 50 days as larvae
Hibernation: Pupae hibernate - They took 40-
days to emerge from the date they were taken out of hibernation.