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Three clouded footman males were seen fluttering around for awhile before settling on a door frame. On closer inspection I could see one of them was successful in finding and mating with a wingless female seen here as a furry white ovoid shape with thin black bands and pale orange spots along the sides. The males were of two sizes and had distinctly pectinated antennae. The mating male can be seen head pointing downwards. Beside the female was a hairy cocoon and an empty pupal case probably recently vacated by the female. Within the hairy cage was also small wrinkled piece of skin shed by the caterpillar before pupating. Pic 3 was taken 6 days later when two of the moths had flown away and the other was clear-off the female. The female had started laying eggs seen here as minute glistening orbs. The female had the same colours as seen on the caterpillar. Will wait to see what happens next.....

Date & Time

  2017-04-09 11:00 AM

Location

  -37.899606 , 145.311545 : 171.938 m

Near Upper Ferntree Gully VIC 3156, Australia

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David Francis, Andrew Brown, Cathy Powers and 1 others starred this.

  1. David Francis  What a fantastic series of observations and notes. It took me a while to see that there were three males and one female.

    Reply • 11 Apr 2017

    • Leuba Ridgway  Thank you David. I have three more to add to this series. Was exciting to follow their progression..

      Reply • 08 May 2017

  2. Leuba Ridgway  David, I edited this spotting, loaded 3 more photos and added to the Description. But it doesn't seem to have worked. I can't find the photos anywhere. Should I load them as a separate spotting and if yes, how do I link the two. Thanks

    Reply • 08 May 2017

    • David Francis  Hi Leuba, I'm not sure why it hasn't worked. I'll check with Rylie the NS programmer.

      Reply • 08 May 2017

    • David Francis  Leuba, I think there is a limit to the file size total per observation. You could upload the new photos as a separate observation and put links (copy and paste) into the description for each obs.

      Reply • 10 May 2017

  3. Leuba Ridgway  Thank you David. Will do.

    Reply • 11 May 2017




NS Observation No. 58EC5E19ED2A894865001AE7
Created 2017-04-11 02:44 PM (over 2 years ago)
Created By Leuba Ridgway
Updated 2017-10-09 01:04 PM (about 2 years ago)
Updated By Leuba Ridgway
Edits 3
Photo Quality good-for-id
Camera Date-Stamp Yes
Camera Geotag Yes
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