Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Rosy Maple Moth


The rosy maple moth is a very colorful and pretty insect.

It is called a maple moth because it feeds on maple trees.

dryocampa rubicunda
(from: wikipedia - dryocampa rubicunda)

These moths lay eggs on the bottom of maple leaves, where the baby caterpillars hatch and eat the leaves.
Once they are big enough, they climb to the ground, dig themselves a little cave in the dirt, then wrap themselves in their silk cocoon.
In their cocoon they transform, and climb out as a beautiful pink and yellow moth.
dryocampa rubicunda
(from: wikipedia - dryocampa rubicunda)


Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Cat Tongue