- Atlas Moth, Attacus atlas, a silk moth found in Asia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KOPIqv1xy4
- Cecropia Moth, the largest moth (with a 5–7” wingspan) found in North America ( especially 10:47 to 10:21): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8YU0UoLLuE
- Promethea Moth (Callosamia promethea), building cocoon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZgwv0yVPKE
- From this web page, you can search for photos of Promethea Moth stages and videos of its caterpillar eating and sheddding skin: https://www.thecaterpillarlab.org/saturniinae
- Chinese Mantis making an egg case (ootheca): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyFNhcMhW_Y
We continue our celebration of National Moth Week. All the images we’ve posted this week are of moths that live in Cambridge, and today’s Common Looper Moth is no exception.
Through Sunday, July 30th, you can see beautiful moths from near and far by searching the hashtag #nationalmothweek on Instagram and elsewhere—or better yet, by heading outdoors.
Moths come in a variety of shapes, as this plume moth demonstrates. It’s National Moth Week. Find your own moth! Here’s a guide to attracting and identifying moths…and having a “mothing” event.
Our National Moth Week species of the day is shown here in its caterpillar form. Meet the Goldenrod Hooded Owlet (Cucullia asteroides)!
The closest public event during National Moth Week to our city is at the South Shore Nature Center, this afternoon (Wed. July 27th). But check out this guide to finding moths.
All of our moth images this week are photographs shot in Cambridge. The image here was photographed at Fresh Pond Reservation by Tom Murray, author of Insects of New England and New York.
When you’re out looking for moths this week, include caterpillars. You can post a photo of it on iNaturalist.org or bugguide.net and ask for identification help.
It’s National Moth Week. Have you looked for a moth yet this week?