Beautiful Polyphemus Moth (By: Michele Babcock-Nice)

Male Polyphemus Moth, Snellville, Georgia, July 5, 2015

Male Polyphemus Moth, Snellville, Georgia, July 5, 2015

About one month ago, while clearing away some of the dead flowers in the flower bed from last year, we located a silk moth cocoon.  We brought it indoors, and I have kept it in a warm, dry place on a shelf with some cards and knick-knacks since then.

Male Polyphemus Moth, Snellville, Georgia, July 5, 2015

Male Polyphemus Moth, Snellville, Georgia, July 5, 2015

Today (July 5, 2015), a beautiful male Polyphemus moth (Antheraea polyphemus) emerged from the cocoon.  This evening, my son and I let it go in the woods near our home.  He was quite a beauty to behold, and we are so happy to have been able to observe and enjoy him!

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I enjoy collecting and photographing butterflies and moths, as well as blogging about them!

2 responses to “Beautiful Polyphemus Moth (By: Michele Babcock-Nice)”

  1. Katy says :

    I have a big polyphemus moth that can’t fly… is there are moth rehabilitator around somewhere. Not sure how long they live.

    • LepidopteraLovers says :

      Hi Katy, If it is female, it would be good to put it outside as it would attract a mate and likely lay eggs. At any rate, whether male or female, it’s life will unfortunately and likely be brief, particularly with being unable to fly. I know of nothing that can be done in such a situation.

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