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Friday, June 11, 2010

Giant Silk Moth!

When we opened the front door last Saturday, we were thrilled to find a HUGE moth sitting on our steps - he's lucky he's so big, or we would have accidently squashed him! The wingspan was just under 6-inches and we've ID'd the moth as a Polyphemus moth - or a giant silk moth.. quite a sight, eh? The bottom markings really look like eyes.. such clever creatures..

Happy Gardening!


3 comments:

  1. Beautiful moth. We had a luna moth on our window one evening last year. It was the most beautiful shade of green and probably about the same size or a little bigger than your silk moth. We weren't able to get a picture but you can Google a good photo.

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  2. Thanks for your comment! We occasionally have luna moths too - so spectacular.. we did see one during the day last week flying about six feet above our heads! it was gorgeous and the first time we've seen one in flight.. they are usually on the side of our house at night.. a rare treat! happy gardening.. niki

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  3. wow he is amazing, nice job on capturing it with your camera

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