Rare giant silk moth found in Michigan

10:01 AM, Jun 28, 2013   |    comments
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WHITE CLOUD, Mich. (WZZM) -- It looks like something you would see in a science fiction movie, but it was actually spotted right here in West Michigan.

Kelsey Kakoczki found a giant moth in her backyard and was able to take a picture of it before it flew away. The moth appears to be about 10 inches wide.

Kelsey uploaded the photo on WZZM 13's Facebook page and we asked a Michigan State University entomologist to identify it.

It a cecropia moth (http://bit.ly/ws4dY) and is one of a few species of giant silk moths native to North America, but rare in Michigan.

The entomologist called the picture of the cecropia moth "stunning."


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