Polyphemus Moth

 

Let's learn about the Polyphemus Moth!

 

Adult Polyphemus Moths are nocturnal.

You can tell the difference between a male and female Polyphemus by the look of their antennae. Males will have larger antennae than females.

Polyphemus larvae have 5 life stages, or instars, it will go through before they spin their cocoon and transform into a moth.

Florida should love the Polyphemus moth because it helps to pollinate many of our plants!

 

Resources: 

http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/MISC/MOTHS/polyphemus_moth.htm

http://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Antheraea_polyphemus/

http://lifecycle.onenessbecomesus.com/Life.html