Giant Silkworm Moth, Robin moth (Hyalophora cecropia)

Order: Lepidoptera (le-pid-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Saturniidae (sa-tur-NEE-ih-dee) (Info)
Genus: Hyalophora
Species: cecropia

Regional

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Macy, Indiana
Frankfort, Kentucky
Frederick, Maryland
Windsor Mill, Maryland
Sartell, Minnesota
Wiggins, Mississippi
Bennington, Nebraska
Argyle, New York
Bucyrus, Ohio
Columbus, Ohio (2 reports)
Millersburg, Pennsylvania
Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
La Vergne, Tennessee
Richmond, Texas
Fredericksburg, Virginia
Seattle, Washington
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Members' Notes:

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Positive

On Oct 7, 2007, TBGDN from (Zone 5a) wrote:

I found this moth while painting the house on July 2, 2007 hanging from a shrub. It was a beautiful sight, and I cannot recall having seen this moth previously. In researching its habitat and geographic range I came across the following websites which cover an enormous amount of information. (1) http://www.wormspit.com/cecropia.htm and (2) http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species?l=3281

Positive

On Oct 24, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

Also called by the name Cecropia moth I got a larvae of it at the Minnesota State fair this year (2008) - they only have a very brief description about it - food - elm. Luckly I found out that it also eats birch and gave it some - it are hungry, and I had to clean out the sticks and dropping it left behind. Then it weaves a cocoon and then so far nothing else had happened.

Positive

On Feb 14, 2014, Longhairguy from St Augustine, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a beautiful and fun species to rear, as the larvae get quite large, and they go from egg to cocoon in about 8 weeks, overwinter as cocoons, and hatch in May/June of the following year. These are great for beginners in this fascinating and rewarding hobby!

I created the following Website for those who are curious about raising these, and other large moth species.

http://moths.naturejoe.net/