Subject: Cecropia Moth?
Location: Edom, Texas (near Tyler)
March 20, 2013 9:14 am
Found this very beautiful but very lethargic moth on my front doormat this morning. Is it a cecropia moth? Furry body and antennae are feathery. It was also very large!
Signature: Trixie in Texas
This Polyphemus Moth is a member of the Giant Silkmoth family like the Cecropia Moth, but it is a distinctly different species. You can tell your Polyphemus Moth is a female because of the shape of her antennae. The are not as plumose or feathered as the antennae of the male Polyphemus Moth.
Ed. Note: Thanks to a comment, we inspected the antennae more closely and we now agree that this is a male Polyphemus Moth.