June 7, 2002
It's always an occasion when
a polyphemus arrives. This silk moth
is probably the second largest
moth in CT, right behind the
Cecropia Moth (which is the largest in North America).
Being a saturniid, it does not feed
as an adult. Judging from the thin antennae, this newly emerged moth is a female. I expect she'll be calling calling in the males once the sun goes down.
Polyphemus Moth cocoon
March 14, 2004
I found this cocoon on the Killingworth Land Trust's Bargate Trail property. While I see the adult moths regularly in my area, I've only come across the cocoons a handful of times.
Polyphemus larva (transferred from a slide)