Happy day! Today a female cecropia moth which I found as a caterpillar late last summer, emerged out of its cocoon and spent ours stretching its wings and now awaiting a mate.
I had placed her caterpillar form on a choke cherry tree and during the winter found its cocoon and late spring moved it to our backyard, so that we would be able to see it emerge.
We’ll be checking in on the moth to see if any males have visited and hope we can see them mate. Wonderful Sunday surprise :)