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Cecropia Moth

Hyalophora cecropia

Description:

The largest silk moth in North America. Male - Wingspan up to 16 cm. This one was about 6 inches across 15. 4 cm. Prefers to lay eggs on Maple Trees, Wild Cherry and Birch among others. No mouth parts. Lives only 3-10 days.

Habitat:

Found in a bushes near the edge of the lawn/woodlands in the Poconos

Notes:

I was surprised it climbed on my hand and got really attached. It thought I was its MOTH-ER! HA! (I found the almost 4 inch cocoon in some bushes and have been waiting all winter to see what was inside.)

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71 Comments (1–25)

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 6 months ago

Awesome !! Stunning moth !! Very nice series Carol :)

Carol, was the wing totally dried while you were holding it??

injica
injica a year ago

Oh you are so lucky :) what a tender moth, looks gorgeous!

wow! it's like a plushie!

venusflytrap2000
venusflytrap2000 a year ago

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DDO
DDO a year ago

great spotting

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar a year ago

Yuko you are not only one started loving all kind of organisms after joining Project Noah.... Earlier I was spotting only flowers....

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw a year ago

What a beautiful, cute creature! Before joining the PN, I was so scared of moths, but now, I can't wait to spot them myself and put them on my finger/hand! Where can I usually find them?

Cammie C. Myers
Cammie C. Myers a year ago

I remember when you first posted this! Absolutely amazing, not only to find it, but to get to watch it unfurl into the world. =)

Uday
Uday a year ago
Uday
Uday a year ago

wow!
what a colourful lovely moth

8BitFinch
8BitFinch a year ago

Great photos! I've always wanted to see one of these moths but unfortunately they aren't in my neck of the woods. It's gorgeous!

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne a year ago

Thanks so much Dragoon. I put this moth and some of my other favorites to your new Pennsylvania mission.

Dragoon
Dragoon a year ago

Incredible!

I couldn't believe that such a moth lives in my homestate, such a beautiful, yet rare thing to find.

Consider adding it to my mission "Creatures of Pennsylvania"? I hate to sound like a pest though, haha.
http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/1235...

AliA
AliA a year ago

Great pics and great video - congrats!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar a year ago

Since my 13 months online observation Carol is greatest "Mother" on Project Noah. I wish she will continue her duty as a mother and Mother....!!

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne a year ago

Thanks so so much!

KarenL
KarenL a year ago

Congratulations Carol, you are the featured "moth-er" in the Project Noah blog today! http://blog.projectnoah.org/

navarro.ricardo57
navarro.ricardo57 a year ago

MUY BUENA TU PAGINA AMIGA CAROL TE FELICITO CARIÑOS DESDE CHILE.OK

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar a year ago

Congrats Carol... Your hard work and dedication to organism rewarded this fantastic spotting from you and right response to it from Project Noah and Huffingtonpost.

NeilDazet
NeilDazet a year ago

How Cool! This spotting was featured today on Huffington Post. Way to go Carol!!! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carol-hart...

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne a year ago

Thank you so much again! I am waiting still for the last Cecropia Moth to emerge from its cocoon found naturally in the bushes. No activity still.

Small Wonders
Small Wonders a year ago

Congratulations sweet Carol :)

Congratulations Carol wonderful spotting and shots:):)
Video is very cool.

Maria dB
Maria dB a year ago

Congratulations, Carol!

Pennsylvania, USA

Lat: 40.87, Long: -75.61

Spotted on May 16, 2012
Submitted on May 17, 2012

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