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A spotting of an assumingly female cecropia moth. I LOVE the Saturniids with all my heart. The most beautiful of the moths, and I don't feel I'm alone in that opinion. This poor girl got drug in by the cat, and who can be surprised she's the size of a sparrow. I quickly scooped her up but she had damage to her wings, not enough to hinder her flight however. Saturniids don't have mouth parts they like all silk moths are only adults for a short time to mate and lay eggs before they die in about two weeks. But a thing isn't beautiful because it lasts. Cecropia caterpillars favor maple trees which isn't a surprise considering there are so many maples around here. They can also be found on cherry and birch trees.
Widespread throughout North America.