Spinning Oak into Gold
As a textile artist, I have a soft spot in my heart for the spinners and weavers in nature. A few times a year, I come across these cocoons, usually on the ground after the moth has hatched.
The caterpillars have to start spinning on the outside and work in, sealing themselves inside.
Once I found an unopened one and kept it until it hatched, to discover that it was a Polyphemus Moth.
According to the guidebooks I have, these moths are widespread, and feed on a variety of trees and shrubs. I have only seen them on oak trees and leaves here. At a moth presentation, the speakers said that they don’t see them in the Houston area like they used to, so I am glad to have them here.