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Old 03-10-2017, 12:01 PM   #1
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I spotted this a few weeks ago, and I am finally getting around to posting it.

Seeing it, made me think of some kind of cocoon or chrysalis...but I am not sure that it is either.

Does anyone recognize this? If so, please satisfy my curiosity .

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Any idea what sort of tree it's on?
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Old 03-11-2017, 08:32 PM   #3
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I would have to double check, but there is a wild black cherry there, also an elm, and possibly light hickory or even black walnut (but I think the cherry).

I will try to go out during the daytime to check for it (assuming I find it again).
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How big is it? Does it look like it is still intact, or do you think a bird or some other critter might have detached the main body of the cocoon from the twig?
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Old 03-12-2017, 02:54 PM   #5
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Enlarged the picture and it looks like it might be a rolled leaf. Some moths create cocoons inside rolled or folded leaves. Most then fall off into the leaf litter below but could possibly hang on longer.
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Thank you all for your responses. They acted as a reminder for me today, to go back out. I was able to locate it again...

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Any idea what sort of tree it's on?
It looks to me like it is on a wild black cherry tree.

It is about 10-12 feet off the ground.

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How big is it? Does it look like it is still intact, or do you think a bird or some other critter might have detached the main body of the cocoon from the twig?
I took a few more pictures, and planned to measure it, until I realized that it was out of reach. My guess is about the size of a thumb--maybe a woman's thumb more so than a man's.

At first I thought that, yes, it was still intact, but after taking pictures of it from below, and enlarging them, I am now not so sure--although, I have no idea what it is supposed to look like.

What is it? ...or, what was it?

(Does it appear to be an overwintering insect of some kind?)

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Enlarged the picture and it looks like it might be a rolled leaf. Some moths create cocoons inside rolled or folded leaves. Most then fall off into the leaf litter below but could possibly hang on longer.
I would be thrilled if that were the case, but as NEWisc has pointed out, I am not so sure that it is still fully intact.

Here are more pictures from today:

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How it is attached.

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Old 03-12-2017, 06:25 PM   #7
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https://www.prairiehaven.com/?p=2130

Several pictures of leaf wrapped cocoons found lower on the pages.


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I found 3 cocoons, all on or near the same Black Cherry tree. The caterpillars wrap themselves in a leaf, then secure the leaf to a twig, and build their cocoon inside the wrapped leaf.

Scroll to the bottom for the picture of cocoon.


1st pic... Twin Promethea Moth cocoons on a Cherry sapling

2nd pic... Promethea Moth & coccoon (Callosamia promethea)
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Nice link for the Promethea moth Gloria. It certainly does look like that could be the type of cocoon in Dapjwy's photo.
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Old 03-13-2017, 08:13 PM   #9
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Thank you, Gloria.

That looks promising.

So, do you think it is still intact? I am kind of puzzled by my picture from below. I'm not sure what it is supposed to look like.

Thank you all for the feedback and for sharing this experience with me.
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That does look promising! How cool if that is what it is.
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