Subject: Gorgeous Specimen
Location: Jacksonville Florida
April 17, 2013 5:06 am
Can you please identify this specimen? I am presume it is a moth based on the ’fuzzy’ antenna.
This lovely moth is the widest ranging North American Giant Silkmoth, the Polyphemus Moth. It is wonderful that one of your images has captured this female in the process of ovipositing. Hopefully she had a chance to mate. Giant Silkmoths do not feed as adults, and they only live long enough to mate and produce a new generation. The male Polyphemus Moth has more feathered antennae so that he can locate the female by the pheromones she releases.