05.29.2016 09:47 AM

Found this guy his morning

Wingspan is about four inches. Anyone know what he is, besides the obvious moth part?

12 Comments

  1. Carlos S says:

    A google image search found it for me… It’s a Polyphemus! Common moth, but a nice looking one. Interesting backstory … https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antheraea_polyphemus

  2. bluegreenblogger says:

    Congratulations Warren! You have spotted a Polyphemus Moth. They are absolutely gorgeous, and one of the biggest moths around. I have seen Luna Moths before too, which are very similar, but green. They are sooo big, when they fly it looks like magic, Harry Potter style. How does a book fly?

  3. Pipes says:

    Luna Moth. Get them at our cottage all the time. Chipmonks love them.

  4. ottawacon says:

    That is a polyphemus moth – named for the Cyclops. Remember the scene in Fellowship of the Ring where Gandalf sends a messenger moth to the eagles?

  5. Luke says:

    It’s beautiful anyway.

  6. P. Brenn says:

    its a conservative listening device…

  7. Etienne says:

    Lots of wrong answers here. This is actually an Athene noctua cunicularia (Moth owl) who’s camouflage makes it look like a moth. Common mistake.

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