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Genista Broom Moth Caterpillar Cocooning Video

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This Genista Broom Moth caterpillar started cocooning on the outside window of my sister's house on Oct 9, 2011. Photo 1 and the video is on Oct. 10. It finished cocooning on Oct 11 in Photo 2 and went into stasis. Photo 3 shows the cocoon from the outside. Photos 4 and 5 show the pupal stage on Nov 2 and Nov 17.


Urban house window.


Genista caterpillars hatch in the fall from clusters of tiny, cream-colored eggs laid on underside of leaves by the female broom moths. They feed during the fall and early winter season, and spend the winter in the pupal stage. They hatch into adult moths in the spring, who feed and mate during the summer. The caterpillars and moths produce more than one generation in a season.

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Richmond, California, USA

Spotted on Oct 10, 2011
Submitted on Nov 19, 2011

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