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Old 06-10-2010, 01:53 AM   #1
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Polyphemus Moth, Antheraea polyphemus

More about the Polyphemus Moth from wikipedia.

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The most notable feature of the moth is its large, purplish eyespots on its two hindwings. The caterpillar of the Polyphemus Moth can eat 86,000 times its weight at emergence in a little less than two months.
I took these photos early am this past Sunday morning.

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Does this moth actually have hair??? I guess I've just never looked really close before.
A hairy moth??? Bugs with hair give me the heebeejeebies. (s-h-i-v-e-rrrrrrr)

The cats feed on birch, willow, oak, maple, hickory, beech, honey locust, walnut, pear, plum, peach, apricot, cherry, cassafras, citrus, and elm.

I have cherry, plum, maple, birch, and oak trees. The maples, oaks and birch are well established, I've only recently added the others (cherry & plum trees ) in the past few years.
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Old 06-10-2010, 02:07 AM   #2
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Nice photos of the Polyphemus moth, one of the giant silk moths:
Species Detail | Butterflies and Moths of North America

Beautiful moth!
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Old 06-10-2010, 03:02 AM   #3
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Cirsium-
Thanks for the Moth ID. I made the corrections in my post.

Is that really hair on the Polyphemus Moth? Just curious.
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They're actually called scales; scales are just modified hairs. But since they are scales you should be able to avoid the heebeejeebies.
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Old 06-10-2010, 08:54 AM   #5
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Moths are often as beautiful as the butterflies. Some moths look very cool with long hair and wings like sweeping capes.
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Default Polyphemus moths

Had 2 last night. 1 landed on the window with it's wings flattened out. Really cool looking through the transparent circles in the eye spots. It was still on the window when I left for work this morning. When I tapped on the glass , it just fell. The other one landed on a porch post with it's wings folded. It was still there at 7:00 AM when I left for work and is still out there now at 9:00 PM. The 2 of them had been flying all around the porch last night and I wondered if it was a mating dance or chase. My little butterfly/moth book doesn't mention behavior. Not sure both of them doing this would be a good reproductive strategy. Any ideas?
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Old 05-03-2011, 10:41 PM   #7
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Maybe they became lethargic due to the cooling evening temps like the salamanders I had found yesterday.
They never moved an inch in their almost dormant state. Snowed again last night!
Nice find Booboo!
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