Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1256969

Polyphemus moth
Antheraea polyphemus

Observation date: June 24, 2020
Submitted by: jon33333
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Popped out of (or from under) a holly tree as I was mowing. 70 degrees, sunny, pleasant evening. It appeared hurt...I gently picked it up and put it atop a hedge in the sun. It quivered there for about 30 seconds. I thought perhaps the shade would be better if stressed, but when I reached, it took off and flew away. We watched it fly out of sight.
Status: Resident
Verified by: Sue Gregoire
Verified date: June 30, 2020
Coordinator notes: None.
Checklist region(s): United States, New York, Suffolk County