The large Polyphemus Moth showcases a vibrant array of colors - particularly when it extends its wings.
Image Credit: Cindy V. of Colorado.
Image Credit: John H.
Image Credit: Cameron B. of South Carolina.
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Image Credit: Vara B.
The Polyphemus Moth is typically 2.9 inches to 3.7 inches (75mm to 95mm) in size and has the following descriptors / identifiers: furry; tan; brown; black; pink; yellow; purple; blue; hairy; flying; striped; spots.
This insect can be found in the following North American states / territories: Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico.
*Please note that the states/territories listed above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Polyphemus Moth. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.
Territorial Area Map (Visual Reference Guide)
The map below showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Polyphemus Moth may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data can be useful in seeing concentrations of a particular species over the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some species are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America