This year I am starting a second MAPS banding station and of course I waited till the last second to set both of the stations. I have had to pull multi flora rose thorns out of my leg, been bitten by bugs, scratched my eye with a stick, blisters are on my hands and I am just tired for working till 9pm each night. This evening I finally have gotten everything ready for one of the stations to be open and hope to finish setting up the second station tomorrow evening sometime (before the weather gets iffy again).
I went straight for a Stewarts Root Beer and some ice-cream after getting home this evening. As I was holding my Root Beer, I thought about this wonderful NPR story that they did about the word-of-mouth promotion of products. Here is my personal promotion for Stewarts Beverages .
“Hmm my beverage of choice after spending numerous hours opening a banding station!!”
Great News! When I came home yesterday evening, I had realized that my IO Moth had just emerged from its pupa. Last fall I placed the caterpillar into a container of leaves and wrapped it itself up with leaves. I had over wintered it in my cold porch and I was just starting to give up on it thinking it wouldn’t come out. Then yesterday was its day to emerge and fly away to make many more moths.
The photo above shows what the IO Moth caterpillar looks like and is an individual that I raised a few years ago. What was interesting about this IO Moth was that it emerged as a female and I placed it outside in a cage. Only two hours later it had attracted a male IO moth (with its pheromones) and they were already doing the first process of making many more moths. I let them finish what they were doing and then released her to lay her eggs. The moth that emerged yesterday was a male so there is no reason for keeping him.