One of Iowa's most dramatic, native insects is the cecropia moth, Hyalophora cecropia. The larvae of this large, woodland moth feed on the leaves of native trees such as birch, maple, ash, willow, elm, apple and wild cherry (Swan and Papp, 1972). The adults are most prevalent in Iowa in late spring and early summer. In late summer the most prevalent stage is represented by large, distinctive caterpillars. In late fall, the dominant stage is the spindle-shaped, pupal cocoons found attached to the twigs of deciduous trees or in litter at base of trees.
Iowa Science Teachers Journal
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Hoffman, Linda B.
"The Cecropia: An Incredible Eating Machine,"
Iowa Science Teachers Journal: Vol. 15
, Article 15.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/istj/vol15/iss1/15