One in Adelphi, Maryland, one in Wildwood, Florida, one at the US National Arboretum with a grandfatherly interest in many more around the DC area (unless noted, pictures are taken the day of post)
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Polyphemus Moth, Antheraea polyphemus.....it's turning into quite the Lepidopteran summer
Butterflies are everywhere, not just on "butterfly plants". Walking through the gardens they flutter around your head and light on wet spots on the paths. The PiDolyphemus, of course, is a moth; working during the day we don't see so many moths and I'm afraid this one was on it's last legs. They look like flying Tarantulas close up with their giant hairy legs and body. Dirty fingernails just go with the territory?