No polite way to say it, a moth emerged from what appears to be, photographed below, a dried-out dog turd. I discovered the cocoon early June 2021 ago hanging under a bird bath I was cleaning. Curious, I collected it. There it was hanging in a mesh collection cage until a few weeks later…..
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When this fluffy moth, beige with chocolate markings appeared. The cocoon, now a dried out husk has no apparent breaks where the insect emerged.
The moth, surprisingly inactive, remained so until released in the evening. It did not fly away when I released it. Instead, it dropped out of site into a juniper bush. I tried to identify it without success.