This Cecropia Moth (hyalophora cecropia) hatched at Bluebonnet Swamp recently. According to Wikipedia, this is North America's largest native moth, from the Giant Silk Moth family. These nocturnal moths are designed merely to reproduce, lacking working mouth parts and digestive systems. Their lifespan is about 2 weeks. The female emits powerful pheromones to attract a mate which the male can detect up to a mile away. Mating lasts all day, starting in the early morning hours and ending in the evening. Afterward, the female lays up to one hundred eggs which hatch into tiny black caterpillars. Isn't our world fascinating?