It was an important detail to pin down: different species require different plants for food. At first, wee hedged our bets with some bramble, grass, and nettles, but fortunately, we soon found out what it was through a very helpful website run by Steve Ogden, called Wildlife Insight.
|Angle Shades Moth Caterpillar|
So apparently, we were on the right track with our brambles and nettles, and before long, we had a cocoon!
According to Steve's site, it would be about 20 days until we got a moth. The jar sat on a shelf in my kitchen, in front of my cookbooks. I looked in on the cocoon every day, in between our full-on attention with our new puppy.
|This is a bit more exciting than a cocoon!|
But lo and behold, on the 18th of January, the one-inch long brown capsule had turned into a fully fledged, speckly angle moth!
|Behold: the cycle of nature!|
So thanks to Steve's great website, Rocky's keen eyes for spotting the creature on the floor, and our patience to see the project through.