Cecropia Moth

Oh my gosh!  You absolutely HAVE TO check out this site.  After a couple of my readers pointed me in the direction of the Cecropia Moth as the probable inhabitant of my cocoon, I googled and found this:


The author rears Cecropia Moths and has some INCREDIBLE pictures – including INSIDE the cocoon.  Absolutely fascinating!

Pupa Inside Cecropia Moth by Tom LeBlanc

Cecropia Caterpillar by Casey Tucker

Thanks Swamp4Me and NatureRemains for help with the ID!

Thanks Tom and Casey for use of your photos.

9 thoughts on “Cecropia Moth

  1. Thanks for the link. That’s a fantastic chronicle of the moth.
    Can you go back and find the cocoon?
    It would be neat to see it emerge–those giant silkworm moths are spectacular!

  2. Nina – Yeah… I know exactly where it is and I thought I might bring it home, now that I know how to take care of it. (I wonder how my family will feel about a cocoon in the crisper! Ha ha…)

  3. Wow – that’s very cool to know what you will find. I take it that you’ll be keeping an eye on that cocoon now? It would be amazing to see one of those beautiful moths emerging.

  4. Howdy! I saw the hits to the site, and popped over to see. Looks like a nice big cocoon; hopefully it’ll come out this Spring.

    I liked the lepidoptera photos on your journal, too. I’ve been raising domesticated and wild silkmoths since 2001; they’re such beautiful creatures!

  5. What a hugh treat it would be to collect that parchment -like haven, put it in a large glass jar in the middle of the dining room table and then some unpredictable morning , find a marvelous,colorful creature flapping its wings — just imagine what joy such a sight would be !!! I get goose bumps just thinking about it.

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