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Baiting Burns' Silk Moth males with a captive calling female

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Published on Jan 30, 2007

A hand-raised female Burns' Silk Moth (Hemileuca burnsi) is used to attract wild males. She releases a pheromone scent which is detectable by the males from several miles away. This is why many male moths have such large antennae. She is in a small cage in the back seat of the car, and a swarm of males have come looking for her! At the end of the day, one male will be allowed inside to mate with her. She'll stop releasing scent and a few hours later she'll begin laying her eggs. Much more butterfly/moth video, photography and life cycle studies available free to the public at HTTP://jcmdi.com, and the Hi-Res version of this video is available on DVD at http://technician.jcmdi.com/lepdvd01/... for details.

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