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Luna moth
Location:  Coastal North Carolina
March 27, 2012  7:42 PM
I saw this beautiful 5-6 inch moth when I was out today. Unfortunately It seemed like something was wrong with him/her. I thought it looked similar to a Luna moth. Doing some investigative work online I couldn’t find a Luna moth that looked like this. I found an article about similar looking moth species and came across antheraea polyphemus. But, I still couldn’t find a moth online that looked like this one.
Thanks,
Jenn
Coastal North Carolina

Cecropia Moth

Dear Jenn,
This beautiful moth is a Cecropia Moth, and though it is in the same family as the Luna Moth, Saturniidae, it is not that closely related within the family.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: North Carolina

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