Polly came to visit us this morning on our deck. You can imagine my excitement when I looked out on the deck this morning and saw this beautiful, huge guy. You can't tell from the pictures, but his wingspan was about 5 inches across. In all my 46 years of living in Minnesota, I have NEVER seen one of these babies.
After shooting about two dozen pictures of the little fella, we got out the Insect Guide and determined he is a polyphemus moth, apparently native to Minnesota...who knew?
Now wikipedia has informed me that our visitor was a male...how do I know? Well, by looking at his body parts, of course! I'll show you....
See those feathery antennae? Apparently, those indicate to us the this is a he, not a she - not to mention that those are the coolest antennae I have ever seen!