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Upper Midwest Gardening: Help with moth identification

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PNWMountainGirl
(Sharon)SouthPrairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

June 18, 2009
4:32 PM

Post #6705992

I am vacationing in Wisconsin and came out this morning to find this moth on the front porch. I am without any field guide and my hostess would like help with an ID. Can you help?

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motts1
south central, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 19, 2009
5:02 AM

Post #6709291

Hi and welcome to WI. The moth wasn't in my little book, so did a search. On http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org..the closest I found was Polyphemus moth "Antheraea polyphemus one of the wild silkworms.
I hope this helps, some of the photos were a bit dissimiliar..but then that is the nature of nature and also who is behind the camera. You should see (or not) some of my flower shots.
Marcia
PNWMountainGirl
(Sharon)SouthPrairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

June 19, 2009
4:14 PM

Post #6710700

Thanks, Marcia. This should help a lot. We'll check out the website during the next rainshower. For somme reason your link included the word "the" so we couldn't go diretly to it. Know what you mean about the flower pis. We joke on our forumm about making some really killer photos for our own version of a "grden catalog".

We figure we could even sell weeds with our current photo programs

I am pretty sure I have convinced my hostess to join DG. She has a home in Monticallo, MN, and a lovely cabin ner LaCrosse. Maybe you will hear from her in the future..
marie_
West Central, WI
(Zone 4a)

June 19, 2009
7:11 PM

Post #6711484

Just thought I'd pop in to find out about the moth. I'm more than an hour north of LaCrosse, but found the same moth yesterday morning. It had been battered badly by what I assume was the previous nights storm, and I was also wondering what it was.
motts1
south central, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 20, 2009
2:33 AM

Post #6713134

Glad to help. If you direct her to the Upper Midwest forum, she can see what we did at the recent round-up. Friends, food, flowers, foliage and footwork (to see garden). I do believe she would enjoy it.
HI Marie, hope you are able to find its' coccoon..facinating to see the delicate threads.
I hope that all the moths and butterflies took shelter here last night and tonight. Lots of wind and rain. The squirrel nest that thunked down on our flat roof was luckily empty, so only had to deal with bushel of leaf clusters..whew!!!

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