Saturday, July 4, 2015

Polyphemus Moth

My contribution to Eileeninmd's Saturday's Critters #81. I'm also linking to Andyslens' Weekend Butterfly #04.

This is a Polyphemus Moth I found outside the basement door in W.V. early in June. Like the Imperial Moth (bottom of post), it was attracted to the light during the evening. (Still hoping to get Luna Moth pics someday...I've seen them twice there over the years.)

Here are a couple pictures I didn't take. First is from a dive boat friend of someone who comments at Eschaton:

And this is a picture my brother-in-law took off St. Thomas last month:

Mouse over pics for captions, and click them for larger versions.
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39 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

the moth is a beauty!

eileeninmd said...

Awesome critter post! I love the moth, sea horses and the sea turtle. Cool photos. Thank you so much for linking up and sharing your post today! Have a happy 4th of July weekend!

Snap said...

Gorgeous moth. I love seeing sea horses and turtles. Happy Critter Day!

Rajesh said...

Great shots of critters.

Nancy Chan said...

Beautiful pictures of moth, sea horses and turtle. Have a happy weekend!

Ela said...

Your critters are beautiful ! Great pictures !!
Greetings

Jim H. said...

The first time I saw a Luna moth, I was about 12 y.o. up in the NC mtns., posted on the kitchen window screen against a full moon. Scared the bejesus out of me.

I'm going diving in about 5-6 weeks. Those pix have me salivating to get back down. It's probably my favorite thing in the whole world!

Gunilla Bäck said...

I love the moth! It's HUGE. Have a wonderful weekend.

NatureFootstep said...

that´s a large and very beautiful butterfly. :)

Hannah said...

A Polyphemus moth showed up mysteriously at my house a year or so ago, too. They must have a really wide distribution, but I wonder that I don't see them more. They are so grand in scale and design. The sea horses are so cute!

Alexia said...

What a beautiful moth! I look forward to seeing your pic of a Luna Moth. We have some interesting moths in this country but lots are only found in the bush ('bush' is the NZ term for woodlands/forest)

Happy 4th of July for yesterday, thunder!

Andy said...

Thanks for the link up!

Frank said...

I don't think I've ever seen a moth that large.

Thanks for the suggestion about the link to 'Weekend Butterfly #04'.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Here's a link about seahorses.
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Chandra Eswaran said...

Gorgeous Moth.
Happy 4th!
Peace :)

Irma said...

I love the moth, sea horses and the sea turtle.
Wonderful photos.
Best regards, irma

Phil Slade said...

That's a huge moth and very lovely too. The sea horses and the turtles are quite beautiful. Your brother-in-law has taken a brilliant picture.

Donna@LivingFromHappiness said...

Beautiful underwater creatures and wow that is quite a stunning moth!

Mildred said...

Truly amazing pictures. Love the moth especially. Have a great day.

carol l mckenna said...

Great wildlife shots ~ love the sea turtle ~

Happy Day to you,
artmusedog and carol

Magia da Inês said...


Imagens lindas!!!

Boa semana com muita saúde e muita harmonia!
Beijinhos¸⋰˚✿
✿¸⋰˚✿

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful beautiful beautiful. What a splendid post.

Debbie said...

The image of the turtle is really amazing!!

Black Jack's Carol said...

Love the title of your blog. Almost every photo you post here is something I would never get to see on my own. Wonderful to visit! Have to spend a bit more time. Curious about Theda. Maybe info already here. Happy Sunday :)

Gail said...

Amazing photos!

Thanks for coming by...I like the snake too. I very carefully uncovered him to make sure he was not poison. Then I knew why the frogs were so excited!

Have a great day.

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

The Polyphemus Moth is very large. Great photo of the turtle, (even though its not yours).

EG CameraGirl said...

Great photo of the moth. I'm pretty sure I have never, NEVER seen one before. ;)

Stacy @ Sweethearts + Sweet Tarts said...

I envy the sea turtle experience; I adore them. I'm not knowledgeable about moths but we had a huge one out our window but couldn't see it well enough for an id. Yours is pretty cool.

June Caedmon said...

I saw a Polyphemus moth last year for the first time, so neat! Would love to see a lunar! I hope you get your wish this year. Those underwater shots are great, thanks for sharing them!

lina@happy family said...

Great varieties. I've seen a similar moth years ago at a park.
Thanks for dropping by :)

Mama Zen said...

Beautiful moth!

Margaret Adamson said...

The Moth is exquiste. Have a great week ahead.

Blogoratti said...

Really wonderful.

mikey said...

Dood. You TOUCHED it?

EEEWWWWW!

Stephanie said...

Great shots of the different critters!

Glennis said...

Beautiful patterns on the Moth wings.

Clairejustine oxox said...

Beautiful pictures, lovely close up shots

orchid Miyako said...

Oh, really big for moth,I could compare it with the hand :-) So sad I cannot find the butterfly related critters this year like the last year.
Sincerely from Japan, MIyako.

Rambling Woods said...

Moths are under rated..