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Subject: Mississippi moth?
Location: Vicksburg, Mississippi
May 17, 2015 2:10 pm
I saw this bug while visiting Vicksburg, MS a couple of days ago. It was the biggest moth I’ve ever seen (I typically avoid all bugs). I’m just curious what it is since it flew away before yesterday morning for me to see it again!
Signature: Christina

Female Cecropia Moth

Cecropia Moth

Dear Christina,
Your recently metamorphosed male Cecropia Moth is stunning.  He will sense pheromones released by a female Cecropia Moth, sometimes from as far away as a mile, with his big, feathery antennae, and then they will mate.  He does not need to eat.  Neither he nor his mate will feed, as they have atrophied mouthparts and they can subsist for approximately a week off fat stored in the body while a large, green Cecropia Caterpillar.

Cecropia Moth

Cecropia Moth

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Vicksburg, Mississippi

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