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White-Streaked Silkmoth female activates in the dark

This demonstration shows how the transition from light to dark causes the freshly-mated female White-Streaked Silkmoth (Saturnia albofasciata) to "activate" and begin her ovipositing flight. The vibrating action is necessary to warm-up the insects' flight muscles, otherwise they will not function well enough to achieve flight. This female was placed into a large paper bag shortly after shooting this video, and began ovipositing on the inside of it within 20 minutes. 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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