Friday, July 8, 2011

Giant Silkworm Moth

This giant silkworm moth was at the pavilion for breakfast the other day.  These giant moths can cause quite a stir when they show up at night lights.
Giant Silk Moth, Callosamia sp.
I guess this is a Tulip Tree Silkmoth (Callosamia angulifera), but it could be a Promethea moth (Callosamia promethea).  Compare the two species here.

Check out those feathery antennae.  These moths have no hearing organs.  Perhaps their "high tech" antennae make up for what they lack.
 Also, these moths don't have usable mouth parts.  In the photo above notice that there is no curled up proboscis like feeding moths.
These moths don't eat. Their chubby caterpillars do that.
Giant silkmoths spend their short lives looking for mates and ensuring there are eggs to start a new generation.

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