Subject: Beautiful moth
Location: West of St.Louis Missouri
July 15, 2015 6:49 pm
Hi we found this beautiful moth, it actually flew right into me when I was on my deck one evening :), the 2nd picture is a caterpillar my son found, it spun a cocoon so I know it is a moth but not what kind.
The moth and caterpillar are both the same species. Thanks for providing such beautiful images of a Polyphemus Moth and a Polyphemus Caterpillar. If you are able, we would love to include an image of the cocoon in the posting as well. You can read more about the Polyphemus Moth on BugGuide where it states: “Larvae feed on leaves of broad-leaved trees and shrubs, including birch, grape, hickory, maple, oak, willow, and members of the rose family. Adults do not feed.”