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Male Polyphemus?
Location: Spring, TX
April 3, 2012 12:52 pm
We found this gorgeous fellow when I came home for lunch today (April 3rd). Looks like a male polyphemus moth? We got several hi-res pictures of him before helping him locate a good tree to bed down in. I’d like to send all the pics to you and let you post the ones you like. A couple of samples are attached here.
Signature: Brian Legg

Probably Western Polyphemus Moth

Hi Brian,
We agree, based on the well feathered antennae, that this Polyphemus Moth is a male.  Your attached photos show both the upper wings the undersides, and they should help our readers identify Polyphemus Moths in the future.  Now that spring has arrived and much of the country is experiencing warmer weather, we expect Giant Silkmoth sightings to rise rapidly.

Probably Western Polyphemus Moth

Hi again,
This guy was so happy to pose for our cameras, we wanted to send a couple more shots of him to give an idea of the size and to show a good shot of the underside of his wings. Thanks for the quick confirmation on my original submission and keep up the great work! We love the site!
Signature: Brian Legg

Update:  July 11, 2014
In researching a posting of a Polyphemus Moth from Colorado today, we realized that this individual is most likely the Western Polyphemus Moth,
Antheraea oculea, which was recently declared a distinct species and has much darker coloration around the ocelli.  According to BugGuide is found from  “Arizona to western Texas.”

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One Response to Probably Western Polyphemus Moth

  1. […] Daniel Marlos at Whatsthatbug, however, gave me a quick response: “We believe this is either the cocoon of a Luna Moth or of a Polyphemus Moth.” […]

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