Most of my life I’ve lived inside the city limits.
Our previous address was located on the edge of town and it was typical to have a few deer, possums, groundhogs and raccoons wonder on our property. But, living in our current location, garden guests are usually limited to squirels, chipmunks and bunnies. It’s out of the norm to see much more then that.
While I was waiting to pick up my hubby I strolled around my home to check on my flowers and the garden.
I was pleasantly surprised to see a few of the vegetables popping through the soil.
Then, behind my shed, something caught my eye.
They’re beautiful! I’ve never seen a moth so big.
My daughter informed me the moth is a Hyalophora Cecropia.
“The Cecropia Moth (Hyalophora cecropia) is North America’s largest native moth. It is a member of the Saturniidae family, or giant silk moths. Females with a wingspan of six inches (160 mm) or more have been documented. It is found as far west as the Rocky Mountains and north into the majority ofCanadian provinces. The larvae of these moths are most commonly found on maple trees, but they have been known to feed on cherry and birch trees among many others.” -From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
As I was snapping photos the moth on top flexed its wings. I tried not to disturb them so they wouldn’t leave. They’re colors are stunning.
I found a very large cocoon on a large peice of pallet wood a few days ago. I would imagine it belongs to one of them or maybe a relative.
Their position suggests they’re mating. (I feel like I’m invading their privacy). According to Wikipedia they’ll be in this position till sometime tonight.
What a find! I’m so glad I strolled around the yard today.
That’s all I have for you today, a strol around the gardens.
Have a wonderful day!