Polyphemus Moth

Polyphemus Moth
The Polyphemus moth has a wingspan of nearly 5.5 inches and is the second largest silk moth in southwestern Virginia, as well as most of the eastern United States. Like the Luna Moth it is nocturnal and can be seen flying around lights. Note the large eyespots that it uses for protective defense (a type of mimicry). The larvae feed on many trees including, hawthorn, hickory, maples, persimmon, walnut, and others. In late autumn and winter, the tough silken cocoons can be found on the ground or hanging from the tree from which they have been feeding.

         © Dr. Kenneth J. Stein Photography. All photographs appearing on this site are the property of Dr. Kenneth J. Stein. They are protected by the United States copyright laws, the Berne Convention on copyright, and are not to be downloaded or reproduced in part or whole form without the written permission of Dr. Kenneth J. Stein.

Blister beetle Paper wasps Bald-faced hornets German yellowjackets Honey bees
Garden Spiders Periodical cicada Praying mantis Praying mantis Egyptian scorpion
Great-Spangled Frtillary Great-Spangled Frtillary Common Sulfur Luna moth Luna moth
Diana butterfly Polyphemus moth Pale Tussock moth Spicebush swallowtail Imperial moth
Home CD Review! Plant List/Species How to Use Purchase
Consulting Virtual Insectary Virtual Herbarium Tour of Egypt Contact

March 11, 2008