Polyphemus Silkmoth

A Polyphemus Silkmoth (Antheraea polyphemus) was spotted along the Hike-Bike Trail at Huntley Meadows Park. Its wingspan is estimated to be approximately five inches from wing tip to wing tip.

A Polyphemus Silkmoth (Antheraea polyphemus) spotted along the Hike-Bike Trail at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

The moth seemed to be stunned but it was moving, albeit very slowly. Two quotes from Butterflies and Moths of North America may explain the moth’s sluggish behavior.

Life History: Adults emerge from their cocoons in the late afternoon, and mating occurs the same day from late evening to early morning. … Adult Food: Adults do not feed. Source Credit: Polyphemus moth.

A Polyphemus Silkmoth (Antheraea polyphemus) spotted along the Hike-Bike Trail at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

A Polyphemus Silkmoth (Antheraea polyphemus) spotted along the Hike-Bike Trail at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

A Polyphemus Silkmoth (Antheraea polyphemus) spotted along the Hike-Bike Trail at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

A Polyphemus Silkmoth (Antheraea polyphemus) spotted along the Hike-Bike Trail at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

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