|Order: Lepidoptera (le-pid-OP-ter-a) (Info)|
Family: Saturniidae (sa-tur-NEE-ih-dee) (Info)
Species: polyphemus (pol-ee-FEE-mus) (Info)
This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Spring Hill, Florida
Milford Mill, Maryland
Cole Camp, Missouri
Holland, New York
North Collins, New York
Lincolnville, South Carolina
Summerville, South Carolina
Dalworthington Gardens, Texas
Grey Forest, Texas
Shady Shores, Texas
Spring, Texas (2 reports)
Matewan, West Virginia
|Neutral ||judycooksey ||On Aug 7, 2006, judycooksey from Pocahontas, TN
(Zone 7b) wrote:
It is not a friend of the gardener therefore it was relocated to a tree deep in the woods.
It feeds on many trees and shrubs, including
Blueberries, Brapes, Oaks, Maples, Pines, Birches, American Hornbeam, Hawthorns, American Beech, Ash, Witch Hazel, Black Walnut, Yellow Poplar, Black Cherry, Quaking Aspen, Elderberry, Alders, Sassafras, Willows, Hickories, Elms, Chestnuts
|Positive ||melody ||On Jun 22, 2007, melody from Benton, KY
(Zone 7a) wrote:
While the caterpillars do feed on the trees and shrubs listed above, they are generally never present in large enough numbers to cause any damage. The adults have no functional mouth parts, they breed and die...they do not feed.
This is the most widespread of the Saturnid moths, occurring all across the US and Canada, except for AZ and NV, and Newfoundland.
The name Polyphemus comes from the Odyssey of Homer. He was the Giant one-eyed Cyclops. This refers to the large eye spots on the hind wings of this moth.
|Positive ||LarissaH ||On Apr 3, 2008, LarissaH from Denton, TX
(Zone 7b) wrote:
Beautiful, so sad to look at and know it's not going to live long as an adult.
|Neutral ||sadieshae ||On Jul 29, 2009, sadieshae from Conroe, TX wrote:
I had one of these fly in my back door one night and scared the willys out of me, he was so huge! Don't know where he went from there, never could find him.
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