My second Polyphemus moth emerged a few days after the first one (see “Magical Moths” post) and once again, I just missed the actual emergence. She was a beauty!
She seemed a bit larger and darker than my previous one. You can see the hole left in the cocoon-it always amazes me how such a large body emerges from a relatively small cocoon!
It was late afternoon when she emerged and after allowing several hours for her wings to dry, it was too dark to photograph her outside. Since I have a photography set-up for my jewelry, I thought I’d see if she’d cooperate and model for me. She did a beautiful job!
She seemed very content to hang there, so I sketched her as well.
It’s interesting to compare the two moths side by side and see the variations in pattern and color…Enjoy!