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Hummingbird and Butterfly Gardening: Cercropia moths

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acts238
Fort Wayne, IN

June 1, 2011
12:08 PM

Post #8601777

We found these on our sugar maple tree, they were huge. It is the largest moth in North America and had a wing span of at least 5 or 6 inches. They are also called a Robins moth or a Giant Silk worm moth.
Grace

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acts238
Fort Wayne, IN

June 1, 2011
12:10 PM

Post #8601782

another picture

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acts238
Fort Wayne, IN

June 1, 2011
12:11 PM

Post #8601788

and one more

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yakmon

yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

June 1, 2011
5:25 PM

Post #8602544

Wow...those are very cool looking. I have never seen anything like that. Thanks for sharing.

Russell

mellielong

mellielong
Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 2, 2011
8:27 PM

Post #8605340

They remind me a lot of the Polyphemus moth but different colors. Same shape though. Very cool. Do you know if they have mouths? I know Polyphemus don't. I just got to wondering if they were going after sap flows, but then I thought they probably don't eat if they're in the same family as the Polyphemus.

Melanie
acts238
Fort Wayne, IN

June 3, 2011
5:08 AM

Post #8605687

mellielong, when I read about them it said they do not have mouths and that they live a little longer in cooler weather which we had been having at the time. The next day we found 2 more on our front porch but they looked a little smaller so I wonder if they were the same kind, of course they flew away before I could get the camera.
Grace

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 5, 2011
8:41 AM

Post #8610372

Great chance meeting, nice shots too!

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