The Robin Moth

The Robin Moth is a Giant Silk Moth,
one of the largest in North America.
It has a wingspan of 4 1/2 – 6 inches.
 Bill recently rescued this magnificent giant 
moth from a truck stop fuel pump island, 
during one very cold night in Pennsylvania. 
 Bill took the moth into his truck, and 

kept him warm through the night.
They drove from Clearfield, Pennsylvania
to Scranton, Pennsylvania together.
 Once warm, the moth began to fly 
around inside the truck. 
Bill had to contain him until he 
could release him in the morning
By morning, it was warm enough outside to 
safely release the beautiful giant Robin Moth.
 Bill released him in a wooded field 
near the truck stop where he was staying.
 The Robin Moth naturally lives 
in woodlands and orchards, 
 preferring heavy foliage.
 Once common, their numbers are 
declining due to the use of pesticides.
Bill saved this one. Thanks, Bill!

~All Photos taken by Bill Morris~

32 thoughts on “The Robin Moth

  1. What an utter utter beauty!!! I've never seen any moth like it – what a sublime creature!

    Awwww thanks so much for saving and looking after this wonderful moth! Take care
    x

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  2. I have seen many of these moths in my childhood … the Cecropia, we called them. I hadn't ever heard them called a Robin Moth, but it fits as they are fat and sassy like the Robin. It is sad that they are disappearing. I think I have seen one in my adult life. Bill is awesome, gentle but strong … a wonderful combination. Thank you, Bill, for saving this baby …

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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  3. Cecropia is the family the Robin Moth belongs to. They used to be considered common, but sadly are not any longer. We have seen big moths, and colourful ones. This was a first!

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  4. What a big moth. It looks like a moth that my son found on our picnic table when he was young. I'll have to check the old photos. I did not know the type of moth it was then.

    Thanks for sharing these photos. Good for Bill to save the moth from the cold.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  5. That moth is incredible. Never seen one like it before. So good of Bill to save it. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Josette

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  6. And as the story goes… he made a big difference for one magnificent butterfly! I have never seen one of these, it's incredible! And who but your sweet Bill would take the time and care to rescue this beautiful creature and warm it in his truck, then finding a safe place to release it back to nature. This action speaks volumes about Bill's heart, I can see why you two are such a wonderful match! Please thank him for the wonderful photos and story, and for saving a precious life!

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