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Polyphemus moth

Antheraea polyphemus


This is a large moth and quite incredible to see. It was as large as my hand. I didn't have any way to measure it so I was able to put my hand close enough over the top of it to measure that way. I probably could have picked it up but was worried I would injury it. It's the only one I've seen in the area since I sighted it in 2006. I saved this one from my cat trying to eat it. I was able to take the photo directly over the moth.


As you can see from the photo this moth likes woody areas.


Photo taken with Olympus Camedia 3.2 megapixel digital camera, 10x optical zoom

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Sudachi 8 years ago

I love these moths. I have only really seen them in the midwest, I wonder if they are found all around the US. Remarkable creatures!

harsuame 8 years ago

Espectacular bella imitación ojos grandes

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McPherson, Kansas, USA

Spotted on May 23, 2006
Submitted on May 9, 2012

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