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Polyphemus Moth

Antheraea polyphemus

Description:

Giant moth

Habitat:

Urban-near park

2 Species ID Suggestions

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago
Polyphemus moth
Antheraea polyphemus Antheraea polyphemus


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11 Comments

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

That's what I thought!

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 9 years ago

Karen, I think this is a male based upon its bushy antennae; females would have much less feathering on the antennae.

KristalWatrous
KristalWatrous 9 years ago

Gorgeous!

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

Gordon, am I right in assuming this is a male?

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

I'm jealous - I've not seen one yet!

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 9 years ago

They are huge, aren't they? I found a cacoon once on a tree branch that we accidentally pruned off a backyard tree. We put it in a terrarium and it popped out the next day. Very cool!

EllieandEdmond
EllieandEdmond 9 years ago

Thank you for the ID! We were so excited when we saw the moth! It was so big!!

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 9 years ago

That's what I'm thinking...grin....

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

They say great minds think alike!

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 9 years ago

Karen, As you might guess, I agree with you...grin.

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

Cool spot!

EllieandEdmond
Spotted by
EllieandEdmond

Sandy Springs, Georgia, USA

Spotted on Sep 20, 2011
Submitted on Sep 21, 2011

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