Facts about Cecropia Moth Caterpillar

Some amazing facts about Cecropia Moth Caterpillar

Cecropia Moth Caterpillar

 Cecropia Moth Caterpillar belong to the Saturniidae, or giant silk moth family,Here are some facts. They live in eastern North American forests as far west as the Rocky Mountains. The larvae of these moths are most commonly found on Ash-leaf Maple and Sugar Maple trees, but also feed on wild cherries and plums, melons ,apples, alder and birch. Caterpillars feed together as young siblings, but become solitary as they mature. When full grown, they spin a silk cocoon, which they attach to a branch of their host plant, and overwinter as a pupa within. Adult moths emerge in the offspring. Adults do not have a mouth and do not feed, living only long enough to mate and lay the eggs.

Photo: An amazing Cecropia Moth Caterpillar
amazing picture of Cecropia Caterpillar

Pests of the moths have become a significant problem. Parasitoids, such as some species of wasps and flies, lay their eggs in or on the young caterpillars. The eggs then hatch into larvae, which consume the internal organs and muscles of the caterpillars. The parasitoid releases chemicals that over-ride the regulatory mechanisms of the caterpillar.

Do have a look at this beautiful video about the Cecropia Moth Caterpillar


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