Moths of North Dakota

Saturniidae: Saturniinae: Saturniini

Antheraea polyphemus (Cramer 1776)

Common name: Polyphemus moth.

Hodges #: 7757.

Identification: Rfw 62.3 mm, ocellatus on each wing round and with a central ‘window;’ abdomen brown, without segmental white bands.

Similar species: 7767, 7769.

Distribution: Southern Canada to Mexico, except Great Basin and southwest.

Hosts: Larvae feed on a wide variety of hardwood hosts, in North Dakota especially on Quercus macrocarpa Michx.– Bur oak.


moth image

ND, Barnes Co., 12 mi. N Valley City, UV lt., coll.  D. Mundal.


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Last updated: 05/08/02

Gerald M. Fauske
Research Specialist
202 Hultz Hall
Fargo, ND 58105

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