Too Good to not Share
I discovered this huge moth in my front yard flowerbed today. It is a Cecropia Silkmoth, the largest moth in the U.S.:
It's wingspan is over 6 inches !
I thought it had just hatched out, and wanted to keep it so Tim and the girls could see it when they come this weekend. I put it in a fish bowl and brought it indoors. I put some leaves in with it to make it more comfortable. After awhile I discovered it was laying eggs on the leaves ! I still planned on keeping it indoors, but Nolon noticed it was trying to get out of the bowl, so I took it out and put it and it's leaves on top of a spreading juniper where it would be safe from the cats. Later on, just before dark, I went out to check on it. It had crawled up on to a branch of my orchid cactus, that is setting on the stump by the juniper. It was laying more eggs on the cactus! :
It's upper wing is rather blurry because it was fluttering it as it layed the eggs.
I love it ! Such a blessing !