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Need ID of This Beautiful Nocturnal(?) Moth
Hi There Bugman,
Just discovered your funky bug site. I need an ID on this critter that crossed my path (literally flew into my face) one warm evening in August of ’03. I live on Long Island NY and never in my 42 years seen one of these kind of moths flying around. I initially mistook it for a small brown bat! I then figured it for a Luna moth but after seeing one ID’d on your site I have not a clue. Please Advise.

Hi R.P.
Your Polyphemus Moth, Antheraea polyphemus, belongs to the same Family as the Luna Moth. Both are Saturnids or Giant Silkworm Moths. Caterpillars eat leaves from many deciduous trees and adults do not feed, living only a few days to mate and reproduce.

luna moth pics
i love the site.
i thought i’d send you a couple of great pictures of a luna moth that came to visit us a few years ago in the laurentian mountains about an hour’ drive north of montreal, canada. he/she had teh eyes of shiva on her back and stared deep down into our souls…. we found the answers there. somebody may have put something in the kool-aid though
keep it up….
michael bailey

Thanks so much Michael.
We always like getting Luna Moth photos.

What kind is it?
I have found a butterfly looking bug that my father says he has not seen since he was a kid, i will included a pic of the bug so you may identify it and i would like to get a responce soon, Thank You

Thank you for sending in a new photo of the Luna Moth, Actias luna. Many people consider it the most beautiful North American moth.

moth found in Alabama
Can you tell me what this is? I took the picture in NW Alabama. Some kind of moth??
Beth Conklin

Hi Beth,
Your photo of a female Tulip Tree Silkmoth, Callosamia angulifera, is very beautiful. These moths range from New England to Florida and West to the Mississippi River. Here is a nice site that shows the life cycle of your moth. The moths are strongly attracted to lights.

Shy big moth
I was trying to ID this one since I have never seen it before. It is about the size of a Luna but it ran away before I could get good photos. I had to lighten this one to get a good look at the markings. That’s a #6 nailhead to the left of its wings. From wall to outermost wingtip, it is about 2-1/2 to 3 inches. The body and legs are so thick they almost look swollen. I thought it might be newly morphed because its wings were slightly curled at the back.
Gina Heffernan
Henderson, Texas

Hi Gina,
The undersides of moths wings often differ radically from the upper sides. Generally, the dorsal view is pictured in identification books. We checked with Eric Eaton to be certain and he informed us that this was a male Polyphemus Moth, Antheraea polyphemus.

What Is This Moth?
This moth was on my deck in Minnesota for a brief period last June. The deck floorboards that you see are 6″ wide. It was a spectacle for us! Can you identify it?
Daryl Ramsey

Hi Daryl,
You have a very bedraggled Polyphemus Moth, one of the giant silkworm moths, Antheraea polyphemus. They only live a few days and do not eat as adults, though the large caterpillars are voracious feeders. Adults only live to mate and lay eggs.