Thursday, May 19, 2005

Cecropia or robin moth

I am privileged to be on Dr. Chip, KU Biologist, email list. He has given me permission to post his beautiful pictures. Yesterday he sent pictures of the robin moth along with the following information.

One of the local silkmoths. The larvae of this species feed on a wide variety of trees and shrubs including apple, plum, lilac, and privat. The adults are short lived and do not feed. The females emit a pheromone that brings in males from great distances. Most matings occur from 5:15-5:45 AM CDT. The males have broad antennae designed to enable them to locate a female by the intensity of the odor she emits. This species has a single generation in most parts of it's range.

It is amazing these beautiful moths have such a fascinating life in such a short time.

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