Gorgeous Cecropia Moth

Christine Morey from Annabelle’s Pet Care sent this photo of a newly emerged Cecropia Moth. This is the second year in a row that she has found a Cecropia Moth cocoon on her hydrangea bush. The hydrangea is sited below her birch tree, which is one of the caterpillar’s food plant. The Cecropia Moth is the largest North American native moth, with a wing span of six inches! Gorgeous Christine–thank you so much for sharing!!!

Cecropia moth Christine Morey photoMale Cecropia Moth (Hyalophora cecropia)

What to look for in your garden ~

win07-043Cecropia Moth Cocoon ~ Image courtesy google image search

About Kim Smith

Currently creating documentary films about the Monarch Butterfly, Black Swallowtail Butterfly, and Gloucester's Feast of St. Joseph. Landscape designer for the Gloucester Harbor Walk Gardens. Designer, lecturer, author, illustrator, photographer. Visit my blog for more information about my landscape and interior design firm- kimsmithdesigns.wordpress.com. Good Morning Gloucester daily contributor. Author/illustrator "Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! Notes from a Gloucester Garden"
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2 Responses to Gorgeous Cecropia Moth

  1. Anne Lubbers says:

    It’s wonderful! They’re so perfect when they first emerge. Their wings are always so tattered when you see them at night.

    • Kim Smith says:

      I trapped a newly emerged male and female Polyphemus Moth in my back foyer overnight and the next morning they were super tattered after only one night of mating.

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