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Photo of moth

Male Nevada Buck Moth
Hemileuca nevadensis

Male nevadensisThis is a picture of the male moth about an hour after eclosing. I was successful in rearing about 200 of these moths this year from caterpillars found in Riverside County, California. I found them in the spring, feeding on willow. Little did I know how much work they would cause me. This is because I did not have willow growing at my house; so I had to constantly go out and get clippings about every three days - for about two months. I tried sleeving them but they just ate too fast to make it practical. It seemed they would never stop eating. I finally got them to the pupa stage in mid summer. They began eclosing in October. I don't think I will try this again unless I can get easier access to willow.

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