Morning Trail Notes – Hyalophora Cecropia

Hyalophora cecropia cocoon?


I came upon this large cocoon on the trail. It’s about the size of a fist. Some quick research points to Hyalophora Cecropia, North America’s largest native moth. Apparently these giant beauties are designed to reproduce, and only live for about 2 weeks.*

These are the birds I saw inside of a couple of hours: Mourning Doves, Blue Jays, Common Grackles, Juncos, Gold Finches, Robins, Eagles, Osprey, Double Crested Cormorant, Blue Heron, Hooded Merganser, Green-winged Teal, Crows, Raven, Song Sparrows, White Throated Sparrow (heard), Hairy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker (heard), Red-winged Blackbird, Chickadees, Black Duck, Belted Kingfishers… one hawk to high to make out and no doubt a few I’m forgetting.

South wind 30, gusting to 50 kilometres an hour.

Seems like poetry to me.




9 thoughts on “Morning Trail Notes – Hyalophora Cecropia

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