Subject: Moth?
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
August 21, 2017 7:57 pm
My husband spotted this insect. Its antennae are characteristics of moths but the wings appear to be held vertically which I think is more commonly found in butterflies. It has some markings of a luna moth but the color is very different and seems to lack other luna moth features. Thanks!
Signature: Kim

Male Polyphemus Moth

Dear Kim,
The feathery antennae indicate that this Polyphemus Moth is a male.  Hopefully you and your husband had an opportunity to view the impressive eyespots that adorn the upper surface of the underwings of Polyphemus Moths.  Reported from all 48 continental United States, the Polyphemus Moth is a very wide ranging species.

Location: Spotsylvania, Virginia

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