University of Kentucky Department of Entomology

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Mystery Picture #9

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photo courtesy of University of Florida Entomology,
copyright 1994


Cecropia moth caterpillars feed mainly on cherry, plum, apple, maple, birch, and willow. When metamorphosis is complete, they will become one of the largest moths in North America with a wing span of 5 to 7 inches. The moth is various shades of brown with a conspicuous white spot near the center of each wing and a tinge of lavender near the front. The Cecropia moth belongs to a family of large moths, called the Saturniidae.


Cicada killer wasps nest in well-drained soils in open sunlight. They may be seen cruising over the lawn, and the mounded burrow openings that they dig may be found in bare areas of the turf. They search in trees for cicadas which are stung and buried in the burrow to serve as food for the developing larvae. They aren't dangerous but can be very frightening.

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