- NOK-KRA-DAD (Paper Crane) by Dan
It has been raining for the last several days, very grooming and somewhat depressing, but today I have a visitor at work. I had to work off site, and when I got back around 3 PM, I saw the plant manager standing in front of the building smoking, and he pointed to a huge brown moth. I didn’t have my camera with me, and he reached down and placed the moth on his hand. I asked him to hold it while I go back home to get my camera, and he said that he would, but when I got back, I couldn’t find him right away.
When I did finally find him, he didn’t have the moth with him. He said that it took me too long to get back, so he had it waited in the waiting room, but didn’t sign it in. Okay….see what I’ve to put up with, so there it is waiting for me in the waiting room.
This is my second visitor this year, the past April, I had a green Luna moth that appeared at the same spot.
This one is an Antheraea polyphemus – Polyphemus Moth, it got its name Polyphemus from the mythological one-eyed cyclops, mentioned in The Odyssey of Homer. It is quiet large, wingspan of 100-150 mm, and the adult is large, brown, with a small round eyespot near the middle of the forewing, and a huge round or elliptical eyespot near the middle of the hindwing. Males have much smaller bodies but much larger and more feathery antennae than do females. I believed this one is a female.
I think she likes me, she is very photogenic as you can see, I believed she is posing for me. I wonder if she will be there tomorrow morning, the green Luna Moth stayed for 3 days.
Updated 8/28/2008: I didn’t see her this morning, but when I went out in the afternoon, I saw her above the front door, she was just hanging out.
Updated 8/29/2008: Still hanging…
My pup has gotten a lot bigger, he has these sad puppy eyes.