Hyalophora cecropia – Cecropia

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

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6/19/2005  Mated pair – reared female, wild male

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6/25/2005  eggs

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6/29/2005   first instar caterpillars

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7/11/2005  Second instar caterpillars

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7/18/2006  Third instar caterpillar

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8/17/2005  fifth instar caterpillar

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10/19/2008  wild cocoon

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