Monday, June 23, 2008


Our elderly neighbors, whom the boys have adopted like another set of grandparents, found this and brought it to the boys to investigate!

It is a Cecropia Moth. It is the largest moth in North America with a wing span of 5-6 inches. It is a member of the Giant Silk Moth family (Saturniidae). The female often lays her eggs on Maple, Cherry, Plum, Apple, Elderberry, Willow, Birch or Boxelder trees, where the caterpillars eat and grow fat until fall when they make their cocoon. The moth stays in the cocoon all winter until next spring when the cycle starts all over.

We concluded that we were looking at a female, because her body was very big and round. The male Cecropia has a thinner more angular body. After we took our pictures and looked at the moth closely, we took her out and tucked her into a tree. Hopefully, she found a place to lay her eggs so will can see more Cecropia moths next year.

Isaac's nature page


  1. I called my son over here to look at your post. His reaction: "WOW!" :o}

  2. Seriously... that is SO cool and SO beautiful! Incredible! How sweet for your adopted grandparents to think of your kids, so thoughtful!

    Is that your hand holding it? You are very brave, more brave than me!

  3. Yes! That is my hand! My dad is a retired Veternarian. He enjoys science and is a real nature guy. When we were kids he used to always pick up insects and show them to us. So, with all the cool stuff we learned from our dad we are now all science buffs!


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