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Cecropia Moth

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Who would ever associate a lime green caterpillar with colored knobs with a large, brown moth? Thanks to someone’s keen observation, we know that these are both stages of one and the same insect — a Cecropia Moth. It is North America’s largest native moth — individuals with a wing span of over six inches have been documented. Cecropia Moths are emerging from their 3-inch cocoons this month, as are other giant silk moths, including the Luna Moth and Prometheus Moth.
NOTICE: I will be away for the next week in northern Maine, trying to photograph the largest member of the deer family. Blogs will resume on Monday, June 11.

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4 responses

  1. Mary, your blog is excellent! Gorgeous photos, concise and descriptive text, timely and local subjects. I delight in every post! Thank you.

    June 4, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    • Thank you so much, Karen. It’s great fun sharing my passion with others who share that passion, such as yourself.

      June 4, 2012 at 12:54 pm

  2. Etienne

    We cannot believe this moth and caterpillar! Thank you for enlightening us! Another fun lesson for my 5 year old and of course mom’s along for the ride! We’ll keep a look out!

    June 4, 2012 at 2:28 pm

  3. Laura

    Both the moth and caterpillar are beautiful!!!!

    June 4, 2012 at 4:12 pm

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