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Cocoon Building: Saturnia albofasciata

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Published on Mar 27, 2007

This 36-hour time lapse sequence follows a White-Streaked Silkmoth larva through its non-stop day-and-a-half effort to build a cocoon from scratch. As the larva matures in late spring, it starts its cocoon by selecting a suitable site and spinning a course silk framework. It then fills-in the framework with progressively finer silk until a completely opaque cocoon is formed. Unlike the two other North American members of the Saturnia genus, albofasciata spins a dense, compact and very tough cocoon in which to spend the summer. As temperatures drop in the fall, the pupa inside develops and the finally emerges in late October. The soundtrack is "Wind-Up" by Technician (from the "Random" CD). Complete information on rearing this and many other species is available free to the public at JCMDI.COM, and the Hi-Res version of this video is available on DVD. Visit http://technician.jcmdi.com/lepdvd01/... for details.

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