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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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70 Comments (1–25)

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 10 years ago

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

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

injica 11 years ago

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

Adrián Encontrado
Adrián Encontrado 11 years ago

wow! it's like a plushie!

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 11 years ago


DDO 11 years ago

great spotting

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 11 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 11 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. Jeffries
Cammie C. Jeffries 11 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 11 years ago
Uday 11 years ago

what a colourful lovely moth

CarolSnowMilne 11 years ago

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

Dragoon 11 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 11 years ago

Great pics and great video - congrats!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 11 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 11 years ago

Thanks so so much!

KarenL 11 years ago

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

navarro.ricardo57 12 years ago


Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 12 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 12 years ago

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

CarolSnowMilne 12 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 12 years ago

Congratulations sweet Carol :)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 12 years ago

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

Maria dB
Maria dB 12 years ago

Congratulations, Carol!

BrandonBlount 12 years ago

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

Carol Snow Milne
Spotted by
Carol Snow Milne

Forest Inn, Pennsylvania, United States

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

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