Subject: Giant moth in my car
Geographic location of the bug: Houston, TX
Time: 03:04 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: I was driving my kids to daycare this morning and in my rearview mirror I saw what I thought might be a leaf on my window. Then at a red light I turned around and realized it was in fact not a leaf, but a giant moth. I would just like to know what kind. Can you please help me identify it?
How you want your letter signed: Ashley F.
It appears as though this Polyphemus Moth has laid some eggs.
Should I feel bad for removing them? I mean it’s such a beautiful moth! But i really don’t want them living in my vehicle…
You can try placing the leaves on one of the following trees identified on BugGuide: “Larvae feed on leaves of broad-leaved trees and shrubs, including birch, grape, hickory, maple, oak, willow, and members of the rose family.”