Huge moth

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Win73, Aug 23, 2009.

  1. Win73

    Win73 New Member

    Aug 20, 2009
    Here are some pictures of a huge moth I found on my car. I have never seen one like this or any where near this big before. Its wing span was almost six inches. Notice the spots on its wings, they are transparent. Can anyone identify it? Is it common or rare. I live in North Alabama.





  2. Marlin T

    Marlin T Well-Known Member

    Jul 8, 2005
    New Mexico
    WOW Way too cool!!!!!!!!!

  3. I don't know what kind it is but I see them here from time to time.
  4. Win73,
    Its a luna- moth. Theyre supposed to be rare or endangered or some such thing. I've only ever seen them in green though.
  5. Maximilian II

    Maximilian II New Member

    May 25, 2009
    Northwest GA
    I've also seen this moth in green, usually in springtime. Kinda late for 'em here, even though we should probably have similar critters at similar times of the year.
    NW GA here.
  6. Mr. Nameless

    Mr. Nameless New Member

    Feb 21, 2009
    Coast of N.C.
    I usualy see those during the fall, but never with a 6 inch wing span.
  7. Suwannee Tim

    Suwannee Tim New Member

    Feb 11, 2009
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2009
  8. 358 winchester

    358 winchester *TFF Admin Staff*

    Apr 25, 2004
    Pensacola Fl. area
    it is a bug and one that shouldn't be eaten. That is all I know:)
  9. Used to see em on occasion as a kid,
    haven't seen more then two in the last twenty years.
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2009
  10. Oneida Steve

    Oneida Steve Well-Known Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Upstate NY
    You've got a moth I've seen before as a child. I can't find the spelling of the name. Going back 45 years I remember it's name starts with a "c" and IIRC phonetically it is a cir-cro-pi-a moth. They are not rare.
  11. Suwannee Tim

    Suwannee Tim New Member

    Feb 11, 2009
    We were paddling the St Marys river a couple of years ago in the spring and it was infested with huge green worms, big as your index finger, almost. We went back a week later and there were none. Not one. We wanted to catch one for my wife for a kindergarten project to let it chrysalis up and hatch out. Couldn't find even one. She did find a big worm with a horn on it's nose and put it in a jar and fed it leaves for a week or so. Then it started getting restless and quit eating. Still it would not chrysalis up. After a couple of days of this worm frantically charging around the jar she let it go, poured it out on the ground. Within seconds it was digging and in a minute it was gone.
  12. ooops yep... didn't see the lack of tails... maybe its a cross of all three- a lunicopia Io, lol
  13. Tom Militano

    Tom Militano New Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Jacksonville, AL
    I live in Northeast Alabama and I've seen a couple of them. I have a lot of the big pale green ones that hang around the light on the front of my shop at night.
  14. Sasha88

    Sasha88 New Member

    Dec 6, 2008
    I think it might be a polyphemus moth one of four types in my area .
  15. cycloneman

    cycloneman Well-Known Member

    Dec 16, 2008
    it looks evil. i would bet it comes from this, very bad indeed.

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