Cecropia Moth

Yesterday on our nature walk we were thrilled to see this lovely cecropia moth (female?) that just emerged from her cocoon.  We researched the moth when we got home and learned a few interesting facts:

  • Cecropia caterpillars are rarely found alone
  • Cecropia moths are the largest species of moth in North America
  • Females lay over a hundred eggs!
  • Cecropia moths are usually seen May through July in our area
  • Cecropia moths don’t have any mouth parts.  They eat all they need as caterpillars

If you want to learn a little more about cecropia moths, check out the Handbook of Nature Study.  It has good information about the moth and its cocoon.  You can also search and find beautiful images of cecropia caterpillars. 

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