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Sheet of eggs covering an empty pupa

Observed: 1st December 2009 By: Topsi
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I removed this sheet of tiny eggs from the surface of a tree, only to find underneath a cocoon and vacated pupa. I assumed that a moth had emerged from the pupa and laid the eggs, though I may be wrong.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Vapourer (Orgyia antiqua) interacts


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Vapourer moth

The female is flightless, so she emerges from her pupa, sends out a pheremone scent to attract a male, then lays her eggs without moving away from the pupa - may not seem like much of a life! But dispersal is achieved by the larvae, which are very active.

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well fancy that!

Many thanks for this ID.
I've even bred this moth from purchased eggs but didn't recognise them in their natural state!