____________________________________Good Morning Everyone Today I thought you might find this beautiful moth of some interest. Characteristics The cecropia moth is the largest North American moth. It has a wingspan of 5-6 inches. It is a very colorful moth. it has a red body with white stripes. reddish-brown wings with crescent-shaped white marks and eyespots on the upper tips. The edges of its wings are a light tan. The cecropia caterpillar is about four inches in length and is greenish-blue and it has two rows of red, yellow, and blue spiny tubercles on its body. Diet The cercopia caterpillar eats the leaves of many trees and shrubs, including ash, birch, box elder, alder, elm, maple, poplar, wild cherry, plum, willow, apple, and lilac. The cercopia moth does not eat. It’s only purpose it to mate. It only lives for a few weeks. Life Cycle The female cecropia moth lays rows of eggs on both sides of a leaf on a tree or shrub. The eggs hatch in 10-14 days and the caterpillars begin eating the host tree or shrub’s leaves. The cecropia cocoon is crescent shaped and is attached to a tree branch. There is one generation of cecropia born each year Below are the different stages from Eggs to varying stages of caterpillar, as they get larger and larger, and changing colour. Then finally as it goes into a cocoon before finally emerging into the beautiful moth Behaviour The cercopia moth is mostly nocturnal and is rarely seen in the day Range The cecropia moth is found east of the Rocky Mountains in the United States and southern Canada. Habitat The cercopia moth can be found in open areas with trees.
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