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Silk Moth Mating: Saturnia albofasciata (+hand-pairing)

This short documentary, shot in Santa Clarita and Juniper Hills, CA during, 2007, shows how the rare and difficult to rear White-Streaked Silkmoths (Saturnia albofasciata) can be mated in captivity, both hand-paired and un-assisted. In order to study and document this (and other species) in great detail, multiple generations must be reared in the lab/studio over the course of several years. Many Saturniidae species manage to mate easily in captivity, but albofasciata in particular has difficulty in an indoor environment, and so hand pairing usually becomes necessary to ensure a new batch of fertile eggs for the next season. Be sure and see the full life cycle video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIhlj3ZMxqg ...and for more detailed life history, visit my Saturnia albofasciata documentary website here: http://lepidoptera.jcmdi.com/m/Sat/albofasciata/albofasciatap.html The music is "Jolly People" from the Technician CD "Digital Dreaming", available at http://technician.jcmdi.com/#digital Much more Lepidoptera and nature photography, video and documentary at JCMDI.COM Enjoy!
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