Cecropia Moth Facts
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Arthropoda
- Class: Insecta
- Order: Lepidoptera
- Family: Saturniidae
- Genus: Hyalophora
- Species: Hyalophora cecropia
14 Cecropia Moth Facts for Kids
- The cecropia moth is a silk moth that is a member of the genus Hyalophora.
- The binomial name for the cecropia moth is Hyalophora cecropia.
- The cecropia moth was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1758.
- The cecropia moth is the largest native moth in North America.
- The cecropia moth is a herbivore and are commonly found on maple trees.
- An adult cecropia moth doesn’t have a mouth, therefore it doesn’t eat during its adult stage.
- The cecropia moth has four stages in its life cycle. They are an egg, larva, pupa and adult.
- As a larva, this moth will go through five stages of instar (development).
- The cecropia moth, from egg to an adult, has a lifespan of about one year.
- A newly hatched cecropia caterpillar (larva) is usually about 0.25 inches in length.
- A mature cecropia caterpillar (larva) has an average length between 4 and 4.5 inches.
- An adult cecropia moth has a wingspan between 5 and 7 inches.
- Male cecropia moths can locate a female by the pheromones they emit up to a mile away.
- A female cecropia moth can lay up to 100 eggs after mating.
Cecropia Moth Pictures
A photo of a cecropia moth on a post.
Credit: National Park Service
A photo of a cecropia moth on a pine tree.
Credit: Don Haultman
A photo of a cecropia moth’s cocoon.
Credit: Angela Walther / Bugwood
Additional Resources with Cecropia Moth Facts
- Cecropia Moth – WWF – Find out some amazing things about the cecropia moth on the National Wildlife Federation website.
- Cecropia Moth – Hyalophora cecropia Linnaeus – Discover more facts about the cecropia moth on the University of Florida website.
- Cecropia Moth (Hyalophora cecropia) – Wikipedia – Learn more about Hyalophora cecropia via the Wikipedia website.