Monday, May 21, 2007

Cecropia Moth

Although I have a great job, it isn't often that I hear my co-workers laudibly expressing great joy when they walk into the office. However, today was one of those days. Last fall, one of my co-workers discoverd the cocoon of the Cecropia Silkmoth, Hyalophora cecropia. We kept the cocoon, stored in a glass vase for safe keeping, all winter and spring. And this morning, as Debbie walked into her office, she saw a fully formed, beautiful moth. This species is incredibly huge, as you can see from the photos. We let the moth outside when the temperatures warmed up, and I snapped these photos. We weren't worried about this one finding food. The adults don't eat, only the larval caterpillars do! My co-workers believe this moth is a female. Lets hope she finds a mate! Supposedly males can fly from miles, at night, following pheremones released by the lady moths. The moth was stunning. For excellent information about this species, check out an great page on the Butterflies and Moths of North American site.




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  1. i found one of these at work the other day in Brookville, ohio. right off of I-70. it was absolutely one of the most amazing things i have seen.

  2. My wife and I found one of these moths about two years ago. It was already out of its cocoon and stretching and drying its wings. This year we spotted the caterpillar that it comes from. What a beautiful caterpillar it is. Didn't realize they were related until my neighbor told us the name of the moth it would become.
    I took movies of it crawling around our compost bin. My granddaughter got a kick out of watching him.

  3. Awesome! They are really cool, aren't they. I see your from Stw- I'm a SMFHS '97 grad, and have lots of fond memories of the area.