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Cecropia Moth Caterpillar

August 15, 2005

Photos by Debbie Roos, Agricultural Extension Agent.

Cecropia Moth Caterpillar
Pittsboro, NC

Cecropia caterpillar on sassafrass

Cecropia caterpillar on sassafras

Cecropia caterpillar on sassafras

Cecropia caterpillar on sassafras

This caterpillar is the larva of the Cecropia moth, also known as the Robin moth. It is one of our largest caterpillars. It feeds on many trees and shrubs including wild cherry, plum, elderberry, maple, willow, boxelder, apple, birch, lilac, walnut, pecan, elm, beech and poplar. In the late summer or early fall, the larva spins an overwintering cocoon attached to a twig on the plant where the larva fed. The large adult moth emerges May-July.
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