Subject: Polyphemus & Luna Moths
Location: St. Mary’s County, MD
June 10, 2013 10:34 am
We hit the jackpot this spring. One of my children brought home 2 cocoons that she found on the ground at a nearby playground, so we put them on the front porch in a butterfly habitat and started waiting. Last month, a polyphemus moth emerged, and last week a luna moth followed. We live at the bottom of Maryland on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay, and we don’t usually see luna moths this early in the summer. By the way, my 10 y.o. thinks the polyphemus was a male and the luna was a female. Is she correct?
My you were lucky. What a wonderful experience for your children to have experience these eclosions in a butterfly habitat. The Polyphemus is definitely a male because of his plumose antennae. The Luna is most likely a female as the antennae are not quite as feathery. If you had kept the female in the habitat for a day or so, she might have attracted one or more males. Have you ever attempted to raise caterpillars of the Giant Silk Moths in your area? You should see if there is a National Moth Week event registered somewhere in your vicinity this year. It might be a nice family outing.