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Cecropia Moth

Hyalophora cecropia


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.


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


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 4 years ago

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

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

injica 5 years ago

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

Adrián Encontrado
Adrián Encontrado 5 years ago

wow! it's like a plushie!

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 5 years ago


DDO 5 years ago

great spotting

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 5 years ago

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

YukoChartraw 5 years 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 5 years 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 5 years ago
Uday 5 years ago

what a colourful lovely moth

CarolSnowMilne 5 years ago

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

Dragoon 5 years ago


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.

AliA 5 years ago

Great pics and great video - congrats!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 5 years 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 5 years ago

Thanks so so much!

KarenL 5 years ago

Congratulations Carol, you are the featured "moth-er" in the Project Noah blog today!

navarro.ricardo57 6 years ago


Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 6 years 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 6 years ago

How Cool! This spotting was featured today on Huffington Post. Way to go Carol!!!

CarolSnowMilne 6 years 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 6 years ago

Congratulations sweet Carol :)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 6 years ago

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

Maria dB
Maria dB 6 years ago

Congratulations, Carol!

BrandonBlount 6 years ago

Congratulations Carol!!! This is well deserving of SOTD!!!!

Pennsylvania, USA

Lat: 40.87, Long: -75.61

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

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