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.

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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
Description:
 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
Larva:
 up to 80 mm, bright green, with sparse protruding hairs and yellow streaks and reddish spots on sides.
Range: 
throughout the southern and central part of our province, north to James Bay
Habitat:
 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.

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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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