Location: Eastern Pennsylvania
July 12, 2011 2:56 pm
My father found this moth out back while he was cleaning up after the moth and took a few pictures on his camera. When I woke up, he went to get me and told me all about it and I got some myself. It’s a large brown moth with a huge backside. I’m assuming it was pregnant. It’s about mid July so it’s summer and it’s almost 4 PM. I’m not sure when he spotted it.
This beautiful gal is a female Polyphemus Moth, and we are quite happy that you have provided us a view of the wings closed as well as opened. You can tell she is a female by her full body and smaller antennae. The antennae of the male are bushier or more feathered, and he uses them to sense the female’s pheromones. We are post dating this submission to go live over the weekend while we are out of the office.