The Cecropia Moth is the biggest moth that is native to North America. This moth is found throughout North America and in Canada.
The Cecropia Moth is very large with a wingspan even up to 7 inches long.
The Cecropia Moth has brown wings that are red near the edges.
They also have spots on their wings that are moon shaped and they have white centers. On the hindwings, the spots are bigger.
The moth has a body that is hairy and their underside is lighter red and the abdomen is red and white.
The Cecropia Moth caterpillar is green with black spines on it. It also has an orange or red abdomen.
The Cecropia Moth starts as an egg that are found on both sides of the leaves that the female moth chooses.
The eggs will be in small groups. Usually, five of the eggs will hatch and they will become caterpillars or larvae.
The caterpillar will make a pupae which is a silk cocoon and then when it is time, the caterpillar will come out of the cocoon and will be an adult butterfly.
The Cecropia Moth lives throughout North America and Canada. Most of the Cecropia Moth are found in maple trees but others have been found in birth and cherry trees.
The Cecropia Moth likes to live in areas that are grassy or in forests. They are attracted to lights that are in cities.
The male Cecropia Moth can smell a female up to one mile away. The male will fly even 7 miles to find a mate.
The female Cecropia Moth can lay up to 100 eggs at one time and the eggs will be red or brown looking.
The Cecropia Moth only will live up to 2 weeks because they do not have a working mouth or digestive system, because of this, they only eat while they are caterpillars.
As caterpillars, they eat shrubs, sugar maple, while cherries, plumbs, birch and willow leaves.
The Cecropia Moth is usually the most active between March and July.
The Cecropia Moth are not endangered but they have declined because of pesticides, diseases, the loss of their habitat and being eaten by predators.