Along the Natchez Trace

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Morning Moths...

A few days ago I was unlocking the Visitor Center door and noticed this guy clinging to the door jamb...
Cecropia Moth
This giant silkworm moth had been attracted to the night security light and was still hanging around the next morning.

And, much to my surprise... 
A second moth was a couple of feet away from the door.
I let it crawl up on my hand so I could place it in a safer place, as well as doing the same with the one in the door frame.
I wish I'd placed something next to them so you could see just how big they are...  about 4" more or less across the top of their wings.
Just Gorgeous!

I went about my morning jobs and when I came out an hour or so later they were both gone.

That's All For Today!


  1. They are beautiful. I was very young when my father pointed out to me moths rest with their wings open, butterflies with their wings closed, and that is a way to tell them apart quickly. I wonder if dad's still fill little heads with such tidbits.

  2. I have seen a few of these over the years. They are always amazing in their size and fragile start.

  3. I was expecting Morning Moose again, but you mixed it up and now I'm adjusting to Morning Moth. What next, I wonder, and can I adjust again, I wonder.