Hodges # 7767
Caterpillar foods: alder, apple, ash, birch, box-elder, cherry, dogwood, elm, gooseberry, elderberry, maple, plum, poplar, white oak, willow, lilac (Bugguide)
The colored knobs on the caterpillar contain bad smelling liquid, probably for defense. (Journal of the Royal Microscopical Society 1884)
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The only times I’ve seen Cecropias here have been when I’ve had a reared female and it called in males. They don’t seem to come to lights. I’ve found a few cocoons, but they’ve always been either old and no longer occupied, or dead.
6/15/2006 Reared female
6/19/2005 Mated pair – reared female, wild male
6/29/2005 first instar caterpillars
7/11/2005 Second instar caterpillars
7/18/2006 Third instar caterpillar
8/17/2005 fifth instar caterpillar
10/19/2008 wild cocoon