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Baiting Western Sheepmoth males with a virgin female

In this video, a hand-raised female Western Sheepmoth (Hemileuca eglanterina) is used to attract wild males. She releases a pheromone scent which is detectable by males up to several miles away. This is the reason many male moths have such large antennae. She is in the small cage hanging on the tree and will not fly until after mating. Many males have come looking for her but the cage prevents them from getting to her. At the end of the day, one lucky male will be allowed inside. Once she has mated, she'll stop releasing scent and begin laying her eggs a few hours later. Much more butterfly/moth video, photography and life cycle studies available free to the public at HTTP://jcmdi.com, and the Hi-Res version of this video is available on DVD at http://technician.jcmdi.com/lepdvd01/lepdvd01.html for details.
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