Posted by: raisingmustardseeds | May 31, 2012

Enjoying God’s Creation

Moose found this gigantic moth outside on my bedroom balcony.

I caught it and placed it inside our temporary butterfly house, which we’d set up just a few weeks ago when my sister-in-law gave the kids some Painted Lady caterpillars to observe their life cycle.


The size of it is kind of scary. I’ve never seen a moth so large!  I’m figuring the wingspan is approx 4.5-5″ wide.

I found this info on it:

Polyphemus Moth

Polyphemous moth by Cathy KeiferAntheraea polyphemus
Family: Saturniidae

Wingspan: 110 – 150 mm
 wings generally rich brown colour, oval transparent spot on each of four wings ringed by yellow, black and blue, those on hind wings also surrounded by large bluish-black patch; crescent-shaped pink and white marks near base of forewing, pink to brownish line near edges of forewing
 up to 80 mm, bright green, with sparse protruding hairs and yellow streaks and reddish spots on sides.
throughout the southern and central part of our province, north to James Bay
 forested areas
Larval foodplants:
 many trees, including oak, birch, ash, grape, hickory, maple
Flight season: 
mid May to July
Overwintering stage:
 cocoon, resembles a silken egg wrapped in leaves
True fact:
 Due to its large eyespots, this moth is named after the Cyclops Polyphemus (a one-eyed monster) that Homer encountered during his odyssey.  Like other giant silkmoths and the imperial moth, adult Polyphemus moths do not eat as adults, living only a week or two to mate and begin the next generation, literally starving to death in the process.


Some close-ups. Notice it’s beautiful “eyes”! And its antennae…





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  2. Moths don’t eat only butterflies do. Moths only eat in their larvae stage (as a caterpillar).

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