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Polyphemus Moth caterpillar

Antheraea polyphemus

Description:

4th instar (5th is cocoon phase). A large, stout, bright green caterpillar.

Habitat:

Found a tree trunk on the quad at Emory campus.

Notes:

I couldn't resist taking this beauty home to watch its metamorphosis. It will spin its cocoon, hibernate, and emerge in the spring.

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4 Comments

TKBotting
TKBotting 7 years ago

Very cool. I've only seen one in the last four years (not for lack of trying). I did get a couple of pics last time I did see one: first instar: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/133...
The group i was with was hesitant to give 100% on ID, but I think it's right.

Mandy Hollman
Mandy Hollman 7 years ago

Yep, it's been doing its job as a caterpillar - eating and more eating!

freckletail
freckletail 7 years ago

Lol

freckletail
freckletail 7 years ago

Fat!

Mandy Hollman
Spotted by
Mandy Hollman

Georgia, USA

Spotted on Sep 24, 2013
Submitted on Sep 25, 2013

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