As Big as my hand butterfly or moth?
June 10, 2010
Found June 10, 2010
I have no idea about identifying bugs but this wonderful giant was on my back porch and i can’t help myself with the curiosity. Its body is what was the most striking instead of the wings. It is extremely bright red with white stripes.
Please relieve my curiosity!
This is a positively gorgeous photo of a Cecropia Moth. It is one of two candidates for the largest Giant Silkmoth or Saturniid Moth in North America. The other candidate is the Polyphemus Moth. Luckily, in the world of insects, the loser and winner contests like that could care less which is the biggest. Alas, the world of academia is not so altruistic.
P.S. She is a female Cecropia Moth. Had we written back to you sooner, we would have told you to watch an night to see if she attracted a mate or six. Female Giant Silkmoths release pheromones that will attract a male from miles away. We identified her as a female because of her antennae. The antennae of the male Giant Silkmoths are much more feathery, because the antennae are the sense organs that pick up the scent of the female’s pheromones.