Polyphemus Moth

twroszJune 25, 2014

Had to grab my camera when I came across this big beautiful moth ... normally, I wouldn't call a moth beautiful, though there are obvious exceptions.

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twrosz

Another photo ...

    Bookmark   June 25, 2014 at 5:49PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Nice find, great photo!

    Bookmark   June 25, 2014 at 7:31PM
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nutsaboutflowers(2b/3a)

Wow !

He's amazing.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2014 at 9:04PM
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don555(3a)

Wow, that looks huge.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2014 at 9:05PM
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northspruce(z3a MB CDA)

So cool.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2014 at 10:20PM
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Ginny McLean_Petite_Garden

Wow! Beautiful as is most of nature! I love the 'eyes' on his wings. :)

Ginny

    Bookmark   June 26, 2014 at 2:23AM
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SouthCountryGuy Zone 4b-5 SE BC(Zone 4b-5 SE BC Canada)

Some moths are so beautiful, this one for certain. Nice photo!

SCG

    Bookmark   June 30, 2014 at 10:21AM
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twrosz

Yes, this moth was big, about 4 1/2 inches from wing tip to wing tip and had a large heavy body. The coloring is even nicer than pictured, what doesn't show up very well is the mauve tone along the edges of the wings.

These moths have undeveloped mouth parts and do not eat and live for only a short period of time and this brief period is dedicated to reproduction. Sightings are few due to their low numbers and short adult phase. I wish I had taken more photos, though he was uncooperative and would flop around like a fish out of water.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2014 at 11:37AM
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beegood_gw

Beautiful!!Think I've ever only seen one .Great picture

    Bookmark   June 30, 2014 at 12:42PM
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twrosz

I guess the above moth had been successful with reproduction, as a friend had spied this large cocoon of the polyphemus moth attached to a plum tree branch.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2014 at 1:38PM
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SouthCountryGuy Zone 4b-5 SE BC(Zone 4b-5 SE BC Canada)

Really cool! Be cool to build an enclosure for it and watch it enclose and feed it through its cat stages.

SCG

    Bookmark   September 2, 2014 at 1:45PM
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northspruce(z3a MB CDA)

I have grown caterpillars into moths before, but my attempt with a sphynx moth this summer dropped dead the first day. Not sure why. It was in the final instar and I found it on the sidewalk.

Anyway, once it's a cocoon all you need to do is put it in an enclosure and wait for the adult to emerge.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2014 at 7:07PM
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twrosz

I will need to intervene, as otherwise this cocoon will fall to the ground only to get stepped upon or destroyed in some manner. Maybe, I'll later place it in some leaf litter in the surrounding forest and possibly put a small screened enclose over it for protection and allowowing me to observe the moth emerge next spring.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2014 at 7:56PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Very nice!...no need, I'll come an pick it up!

    Bookmark   September 2, 2014 at 8:14PM
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