Sunday, August 2, 2009


I found an interesting-looking cocoon while working the yard today. Since I'd found and kept another earlier this year, now that I have two I guess I've started a collection. Best guess is that the one with the elongated opening belongs to a polyphemus moth, the big ones with eye spots on their wings. Who knew they're named for Cyclops Polyphemus, the one-eyed giant of Greek mythology. You can see why. The other, with the small hole, I'm not sure about. Whatever made it just wrapped a leaf into it. Both were on the ground at the base of different oak trees. I hung them in my tomato plant to take these pictures, just so there'd be some green.


  1. Lovely! Really lovely!

    And now this makes me think of the odd bag like birds nest I kept in my freezer in a plastic bag for a year. Don't ask. I finally did take it out because I was worried I'd die and they'd find the nest and the next thing you know they'd be tearing up the floor boards hunting for bodies.

    Now if I could just figure out how to display this wonderfully odd nest. But not back in the freezer. How do you normally display the cocoons?

  2. The first one I suspended from the arced handle of a teapot on the mantel. Now with two I guess they'll go to the "cabinet of wonders" that is the top of my dresser.

  3. Hmmmmm...all good places. I'll still need to ponder where to put the nest. It's about 9 inches long so requires some serious hanging space.

    Love the idea of the cocoon hanging on the teapot.