An Imperial Moth Caterpillar was brought to the enrichment room back in the late fall of 2013. A habitat was quickly put together and the caterpillar would not eat or rest. I knew they pupated underground and made sure the sand was deep in the little enclosure. By morning the caterpillar was gone! All that was left was a small hole in the sand. Then we waited.
The same day the butterflies started hatching out popped a moth!
This is the casing the caterpillar rested in for the winter.
The wings of the moth were small, but lots of pumping they were able to grow!
This moth is a beauty.