North America's largest native moth. It is a member of the Saturniidae family, or giant silk moths. Females with a wingspan of 160 mm or more have been documented.
It is found as far west as the Rocky Mountains and north into the maritime provinces of Canada. The larvae of these moths are most commonly found on Maple trees, but they have been known to feed on Wild Cherry and Birch trees among many others.
I have to give the credit to a coworker for spotting this one. She had spotted it earlier in the day while working, then shared her pic on my wall on Facebook. I immediately asked her where and when she saw it. Ten minutes later I was out the door to look for it, even though she had seen it at least 4 hours earlier. She said she was able to get really close and it didn't move. That and the fact that it was still daytime made me think it wasn't going anywhere soon. There aren't too many trees in the area described to me by my coworker where the moth was and I actually spotted the moth at the base of the tree as I drove by in my car! I went and parked and spent about 30 minutes taking photos of it. This has been an amazing and significant spotting for me. Cecropia moth was at the top of my wish list for North American Moths. I'm so happy to I got to see one and get a lot of photos. The last photo shows exactly where it was, very close to a busy road and only about 200m (600') from the Falls.
Lat: 43.06, Long: -79.07
Spotted on May 25, 2012
Submitted on May 27, 2012