Subject: asap how to care for this large cocoon in -7 degrees C
Geographic location of the bug: Toronto (scarborough) Ontario, Canada
Time: 07:06 PM EDT
Hello Bugman! After strong winds here in Toronto Ontario, our puppy found this! The length of the cocoon is 3 inches. In a teardrop shape, brown. What is it and even more importantly: how do we keep it alive so it can complete it’s cycle? I have it back outside temporarily in a box….but thought to carve out a spot in a log and then place the cocoon bark over and secure with wire. There are a few holes in the bark clearly for coming out once metamorphosis occurs. THANK YOU, Liane and Poème
How you want your letter signed: nature guardians Liane and Poème
Dear nature guardians Liane and Poéme,
We believe this is the Cocoon of a Cecropia Moth, which you can compare to this BugGuide image. The best way to care for this cocoon is to keep it in conditions with a temperature similar to the outdoor temperature. If you keep the cocoon indoors, it may cause premature emergence with no chance for the adult moth to mate. Do NOT create any wire security system that will compromise the adult moth when it emerges.