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Cecropia Moth

Hyalophora cecropia


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.

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dandoucette 7 years ago

Thanks Mayra! I think so too. Was really special finding this in such an odd location.

MayraSpringmann 7 years ago

Absolutely beautiful!!

dandoucette 7 years ago

Thanks willie.

williefromwi 7 years ago

wonderful detail, and information Dan

dandoucette 7 years ago

Thanks for the great comments everyone.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 7 years ago

What a beautiful place for a beautiful moth! Nice shot!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 7 years ago

Closeup wing eye is superb...Nice spotting..

craigwilliams 7 years ago

Woah, what a stunner! Truly great shots of it too Dan. Stoked for you.

MarilynCouture 7 years ago

Great spotting!! Beautiful photos!!

emj.patterson 7 years ago

Very cool! Congrats on a super neat spotting. Really fantastic pictures too!

dandoucette 7 years ago

Thanks a lot Carol! You're right, I will always remember this.

CarolSnowMilne 7 years ago

Great job with all the different parts of the moth. So cool! Congratulations! They are stunning. You will never forget this day.

dandoucette 7 years ago

Thanks Cammie. A coworker spotted it earlier in the day and I went later to look for it. The whole story is in my notes.

Cammie C. Myers
Cammie C. Myers 7 years ago

Fantastic spotting!!! How did you happen to see it there!?

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Niagara Falls, Ontario, Ontario, Canada

Lat: 43.06, Long: -79.07

Spotted on May 25, 2012
Submitted on May 27, 2012

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