Friday, January 18, 2013
Atlas Moth (Attacus lorquini)
Mating Atlas Moth. The smaller one (foreground) is a male.
As soon as they get out of the cocoon, they have to mate immediately to fertilize the eggs. The next day the female lays a couple of dozens of eggs then dies after 3 to 5 days as it has no mouthpiece .
The Eggs hatches after 8 days
A day old caterpillar
It feeds on various hostplants such as Sugar apple, Guyabano, Santol etc. This caterpillars feeds on a tree planted along the roadside going up to the Pueblo de Panay Shrine.
An 11 days old caterpillar
A fully matured caterpillar on its last instar. This photo was featured as the spotting of the last December 20, 2012 on Project noah - http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/17073222