Pictured below are 3 specimens of the Calleta Silkmoth (Eupackardia calleta) which finally emerged this year for me. I originally purchased 3 cocoons from a dealer who had purchased 10 from a seller in Arizona.
I purchased the cocoons in October of 2016...
The last of the 3 emerged on Nov.05.2018
I am just shocked at how long it took for them to emerge. Admittedly, I did have them in my basement from Oct.2016 until early May 2018 when I finally put them outside in an enclosure to see if anything would happen.
The dates that each emerged are next to each specimen. This is a very dry climate kind of species as it is found in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. I'm left wondering if I somehow delayed the process of emergence myself or is this transformation period unique to certain dry climate Saturniids?
This species is a gorgeous black overall in fresh specimens like these; I cannot imagine trying to get anything near as nice with "wild caught" material. Goes to show you that sometimes ex-pupa or chrysalid is the only way to go in securing choice specimens of some things.