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July 6th, 2004
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From:musicmutt
Date:July 6th, 2004 03:35 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, we get tiger and zebra swallowtails, here. I have found Giant Swallowtail caterpillars in he dill and the parsley. Mourning cloaks are a dime a dozen and quite a selection of moths. Very rarely do we get the big ones like sphynx or giant silk moths, but they do show up here frm time to time. They are much more plentiful further east where lunas and cecropias are common. We have mostly the smaller moths like the Tent caterpillar moths and such. You know, bat fodder.
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From:tigertoy
Date:July 6th, 2004 03:47 pm (UTC)
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I haven't seen a cecropia in years, and I've never seen a luna, though they're supposed to be around.
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From:musicmutt
Date:July 6th, 2004 04:24 pm (UTC)
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With all the deciduous forest you have down there, I am sure you must have giant silks down there. I think luna moths are not that fond of urban areas, so I would reckon you'd have a few of them out where you are. The last cecropia I saw was sitting on the sid eof my parents' house, and it wasn't long before a grackle caught site of it and that was pretty much game over. I once found a luna moth on the road when I was living in Kenora. It was a cool day, and it was pretty sluggish. So, I wore it like a broach until it warmed up and flew off.
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From:tigertoy
Date:July 6th, 2004 06:22 pm (UTC)
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I think lunas are very rare here; cecropias are a bit commoner. I don't know how to look for them, which probably doesn't help.
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From:musicmutt
Date:July 6th, 2004 07:59 pm (UTC)
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I think like most other moths if you are out at night and find a strong light source, they can't resist flying circles around it. I found a rather large flock of them, lunas and cecropias, that way sround Sprague, Manitoba once.
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