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Category Archives: Polyphemus Moth

This is the magnificent moth that was published in yesterday’s Chronicle. I wrote about him in my column, it will soon be posted on Lewis County Outdoors.

The silver spots on his wings looked as though they were bits of tin foil, glued on with a thin line of orange glue across the center.

If you would like to learn more about this moth, go to the Butterflies and Moths of North America website.

But be careful! You may get lost in the pages, cruising though to see all there is to see.

What a beast he was! His wingspan was just over 5 inches.

Such beautiful “fur” he carried.

And he was ever so patient with me, allowing me to photograph him from every angle.

His sticky little “paws” allowed him to grab onto the end of a pencil so I could get a really good look at him.

Sadly, this one is gone, hopefully he had time to find a mate and they laid eggs for another generation. This moth is born without a mouth and cannot feed. His lifespan is only four days long.

What an honor it was to meet this one.