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Antheraea polyphemus - Polyphemus Silk Moth
14-JUL-2010

Antheraea polyphemus - Polyphemus Silk Moth

Readville MA

From captive stock

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
1/200s f/16.0 at 100.0mm iso100 full exif

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Guest 11-Jul-2014 01:12
Ew! We found 3 of these on our oak tree and they let go of their branches and dropped to the ground with a thud when sprayed with Raid... There was also this little white larva on our black cherry tree with yellow spikes on its head... The cherry trees are always covered with hanging brown cocoon things in winter... It's nice living in the country except for all the weird bugs that invade our home. Every June we fight a war against giant, terrifying moths with glowing orange eyes. On warm nights, we must keep our lights of to keep them from swarming over our windows and even LAYING EGGS on the screens. We had to modify the plastic "cages" on our bug zappers because they are so gigantic that they don't fit through the bars and blanket the outside. There actually seems to be several breeds of them- green ones with tails (radioactive?), big black, red and gray ones,(rarely), slightly smaller pinkish brown ones... But the very worst ones are the brown ones that have GIANT BLUE EYES on their WINGS. I don't know how it works, the wings are flat as paper... But if you look at them from above the blue eyes just blankly stare at you... So creepy. Hubby got brave once and measured a gray and red one through the glass... Seven inches. We saw cats massacring the things at a gas station, so we decided that our cat's instincts would keep him alive as he slayed them outside for us. But we need a better method of control. They just come back every year. Please, if you know what these creatures are, can you tell us about any pesticides that kill them but won't harm wildlife? None of our friends believe us when we tell them about the moth things. Our daughter once touched them and went down with the flu, so we know that these vermin are dangerous vectors of disease.
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