Saturday, June 13, 2009

Cecropia Moth (Hyalophora cecropia)

Also aptly named the Robin Moth, this member of the family Saturniidae, the giant silk moths, is our largest local moth. The wingspan of this individual is well in excess of five inches.

The picture below will give an idea of the size of these beautiful insects. Maple is the preferred food of the larvae. Adult Cecropia Moths lack functional mouth parts and only live for a week to ten days ... their sole purpose is to find a mate and lay eggs.