Polyphemus Moth

Polyphemus Moth

It’s not every day that I’ll admire a bug. Most days I’d rather squash them or run screaming for cover when they start dive bombing my head. I swear flies have a thing for my ears, always trying to use them as their personal landing bay. So it is a rare occasion that I will even take the time to look at a bug, let alone call for my children to come see while I get out my camera and start snapping pictures like I’m at a fashion shoot asking the bug to give me pouty. But that’s exactly what I did today when a friend pointed out the HUGE moth on the old lamppost in my flowerbed.

Of course, my daughter and I had to find out what kind of moth it was. Best we can tell, it’s a Polyphemus moth, but since it never spread its wings, we couldn’t be sure. When I decided to do a followup photo shoot (without the lovely date stamp I cropped out), it was gone. The adult moth lives for about one week, so maybe we were somewhat lucky to have encountered one. But even cooler–for all you The Lord of the Rings fans out there–the Polyphemus moth is the moth Gandalf captures when Saruman maroons him on top of his tower in Fellowship of the Ring.

We also came across one of the funniest Youtube videos I’ve seen in a long time called “The Soft Landing” by Olan Rogers. So I’ll leave you with this parting video about one man’s fear of moths and spiders. Simply knowing that a fully grown man is afraid of the same things I am makes me feel a little less like a wimp.

Photo by Janine S. Weathers

2 comments on “GigantorMoth

  1. Omg, that is cooool! I had no idea this was the moth from Lotr 🙂

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