Cecropia Moths Mating
Thought u would find this interesting for your site. We do have the right species dont we? Any info u can provide would be appreciated. We live about 20 miles North of Pittsburgh, PA.
John and Steph
Hi John and Steph,
You are correct. These are mating Cecropia Moths. We have gotten more photos of Cecropia Moths this past month than in the past six years. After mating, the female will lay eggs and both adult moths will die without ever eating. The caterpillars feed on a variety of deciduous tree leaves, including, according to BugGuide: “alder, apple, ash, beech, birch, box-elder, cherry, dogwood, elm, gooseberry, maple, plum, poplar, white oak, willow.”