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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Seen In Coudersport........


Good Day,

In response to Kevin Bisher's article, I wanted to submit the attached photo taken from my home in Coudersport. Only until I scrolled across this article was I able to identify the moth I found. From the article, I would assume this is a male Cecropia Moth .

Thanks,

Jeremy Perkins

5 comments :

Anonymous said...

Nice pic Jeremy! Yup, it's a male. As you can see, compared to the photo of the female, its antennae are a lot broader.

Here's another little oddity about these moths. They have no mouths or probiscus and therefore can't eat. The caterpillars of these moths do have mouths and gorge themselves on Maple, Birch, and Cherry leaves, with Maple being their leaf of choice. After metamorphosis into the moth they loose their ability to eat. Inevitably they literally starve to death. They have about a week to ten days in the adult stage to procreate and lay eggs before life leaves them. Isn't nature strange?

And no, I'm not an entymologist. But I did stay at a Holliday Inn once.

Kevin

Anonymous said...

that's one ugly moth

Leo said...

Sweet picture Jeremy, and nice background on it Kevin.

Anonymous said...

The moth is spectacular, but check out the caterpillar stage at this link http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/chatham/ag/SustAg/farmphotoaugust1505.htm

Anonymous said...

wow! its like the battle of the moths =D its great

that is an amazing picture.

it is very unique on what you find around here.

Amanda