I came home to sure everyone and Momma went to the interwebs to see if we could figure out what it was.
After a short search Momma and Medea were pretty sure that it was a Cecropia Moth (or Silkmoth). Ontario Moths — http://www.backyardnature.net/n/a/moo/
A kindergarten teacher on Twitter helped us to confirm and sent a cool link to learn more.
Can you help us identify this moth? She's sitting on the ledge outside Tims. We're thinking 'Cecropia' or 'Silkmoth' pic.twitter.com/JhdtUpDa6X
— Aaron Puley (@bloggucation) July 12, 2015
Momma also found this cool video that we watched showing how silk is harvested from the cocoons.
I took Medea back to see the moth and we weren’t too sure that sitting on a ledge was such a smart place for a little moth to be (even though it looked like she laid some eggs on the side of the wall). We thought we would take it to the lovely ravine area that is full of various plants and butterflies. When we tried to move it onto a cardboard sleeve it was clear that it had some issues – likely a broken leg and that missing antennae which was probably throwing off its (we’re assuming ‘her’) balance.
Medea went in to get a cup to help move the poor thing.
I tried a little bit more and, to my surprise, it flew away just before Medea came back out. So, it looks like it’s okay – or at least it can fly.