Polyphemus Moth

Subject: What kind of moth is this
Location: Cypress,TX
August 3, 2016 7:23 pm
We found a large moth (5″ across) on the edge of our pool on Aug 2 in Cypress TX. Reddish brown with eyespots, some black on the lower wings. Think it layed eggs on the edge of the pool. Was gone by dark. It was really gorgeous. Can you tell me what kind of moth it was? I can send a picture.
Signature: Cheryl Claybough

Polyphemus Moth
Polyphemus Moth

Dear Cheryl,
This lovely moth is a Polyphemus Moth.

Thanks so much for the quick response.  We just moved to the Houston area and this was the first one I have seen. It stayed for quite awhile without moving right about the waterline of our pool.  Up close you could tell it had many of the same colors as our pool tiles.
Also I really appreciate your website.

The Polyphemus Moth has been reported from all 48 continental United States as well as across Canada.

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