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Polyphemus moth

Antheraea polyphemus

Description:

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.

Habitat:

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

Notes:

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

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2 Comments

Sudachi
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
harsuame 8 years ago

Espectacular bella imitación ojos grandes

michelle.eis
Spotted by
michelle.eis

McPherson, Kansas, USA

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

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