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Cecropia Moths mating - Hyalophora cecropia - male - female

Cecropia Moths mating - Hyalophora cecropia - Male Female
Ballston Lake, Saratoga County, New York, USA
June 2, 2011
Size: 38 mm body
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Cecropia Moths mating - Hyalophora cecropia - male - female Cecropia Moths mating - Hyalophora cecropia - male - female Cecropia Moths mating - Hyalophora cecropia - male - female

Host plants...
Ver nice moths indeed!

It would be interesting to know if the female deposits any eggs on the hemlock - and if so - will the larvae eat it.

Please let us know if you observe any eggs &/or caterpillars!

 
I went back to look for eggs
and didn't see any, but I did find the two moths again, on the other tree that had a cocoon, and they're still mating! I wouldn't have found them if I hadn't read your message :^)

Of course, I can't be certain it's the same pair. Maybe both cocoons had females, and males came to them as they emerged. I found another cocoon on a beech tree a few days ago, so there are more around.

 
mating moths
They usually separate and fly off late in the evening / after dark.
Could have been another - You mentioned additional cocoons?

Moved
Moved from Moths.

Left is male - Right is female

Nice catch, Karl! You get to
Nice catch, Karl! You get to see TWO of them. Lovely photos of a lovely creature.

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