The Life Cycle of the Largest Ringworm

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It was Hot springs Day in Asheville, North Carolina. I was plucking invasive English ivy from some of my trees when I saw a giant brown bud attached to a large cherry tree, about 4 feet above the ground. I realized it was a moth cocoon, but it seemed too big. It was as long as my fist up and down, almost four and a half inches long! What massive creature was hiding here, waiting to appear? After a little research and a lot of illusions, I decided that it should be a cecropium moth, the largest moth in North America. I was thrilled! I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.

Flies seem to attract all the attention. This is because they are flying towards the sun, and we can watch them closely. But it is their cousins on the “dark side” who are the real champions of diversity: moths.

Of all the lepidoptera (the order of Flies and moths), only 10% of the species are Flies, 90% are moths! In fact, there are more than 11,000 moth species in North America alone (and there are more than 160,000 moth species worldwide!) This incredible variety of North American moths includes an incredible selection of beautiful, colorful, and sometimes strange animals. Including the largest of all: Hyalophora cecropia, known as the Cecropia butterfly (or robin butterfly, or Cecropia silk butterfly, or giant silk butterfly).

I already loved moths, and after seeing the giant moon moth the day before, I was very happy to finally see the biggest moth on the continent. So I waited.How to see a butterfly from a cocoon?

From my research, I learned that cecropia Flies hatched from a cocoon May or early June. I discovered this bud at the beginning of May, so I knew that I could wait for more than one month.

But to be honest, I had no idea if the doll was viable. Maybe he was parasitized and died? Maybe it was the remnants of last year? And even if he was still alive, how to catch a wild butterfly from a cocoon? I could pluck him from a tree, put him in and wait, but I disturbing wild animals for my own selfish purposes.

Instead, I left it in place and thought of a less aggressive plan. First I installed one of our security cameras (Bushnell Natureview HD) and pointed it at the cocoon. In matter I miss it all, I may have video clips to see what happened.

Secondly, I dreamed of installing a motion detector to alert me when something is moving. I suggested this idea to Kristina, and she rolled her eyes with such force that her eyeballs hurt (this is not an exaggeration, in fact she said “oh.”)

I was thinking of something like the PERFECT sk602g motion sensor kit for security, as it’s pretty inexpensive (about 2,25), weatherproof, battery powered, and wireless. I could point one at a tree and then install an alarm at my house since the tree is not too far away. You can choose one of the less sounds, such as the “soft timbre” setting, and wait. Unfortunately, I wasn’t there. So I don’t know if it would have worked. But if I try it on something else, I’m sure I’ll write a message about it and let you know. Instead, we chose the old “follow him” method.

A week after the beginning of June, I began that the doll was dead, and maybe I should open it to look. But I should have given him more time, just in matter. Then, on June 9, Kristina and I were inspecting plants in a flower garden planted with trees near my house, when Kristina said to me: “Have you checked the bud recently? I looked at it and realized that the piece of white was actually the edge of the piano. I shouted, “Damn it, he’s not here!” and immediately turned around and rushed home at full speed for his camera. It was a cecropium moth, all right. I couldn’t believe it. Christina balanced more than her look by being my cocoon alarm. But before we take a look at this giant ringworm, a brief overview of its life: the life cycle of ringworm.

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