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Male Promethea Moth
Location: S. Illinois
May 4, 2011 3:13 pm
My Promethea cocoon hatched out today. Unfortunately for my moth-herding ambitions, this one is a male.
He was released in the back yard, and is currently trying very hard to look like a dead leaf on a pine tree.
Signature: Bert

Male Prometheus Moth

Hi Bert,
Though the coloration of the Prometheus Moth is quite somber, the markings are nuanced and quite beautiful.  The Prometheus Moth is a beautiful species.  We do not receive as many images of the Prometheus Moth as we do of other Giant Silk Moths, and we are very thankful though were thoughtful enough to provide your gorgeous photographs for our archive.

Male Prometheus Moth

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Illinois
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2 Responses to Male Prometheus Moth

  1. carol russell says:

    Today I found an unusual very large moth on the side of my house. We did not understand it because it perched like a butterfly but had the body and antennae of a moth. In late afternoon I was attracted to my bay window by a frantic flying of at least six large dark or black butterflies, which I now think must have been more of the same insects as the one I had seen in the morning. I went out to the same place this early evening and found one of the moths in the grass, apparently dead, wings vertical. I picked it up and brought it in the house, laidit in a plant pot where it stayed for an hour and now it is flying around in my kitchen.
    I am writing about this prometheus silk moth because I understand it is not common in my area which is south central New Hampshire. I am interested to know if this is true.

    • bugman says:

      While they may not be common in all parts of New Hampshire, they are not considered rare and local populations might be greater in some areas. It sounds like conditions in your area are perfect for supporting larger populations of Promethea Moths.

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