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    Posted: 16 Aug 2020 at 12:17am
This large critter appears to me to be a Saturniid moth of some sort from the east coast, but my brother in-law found it in Oregon.
 
This is a frame from the video that he made; it is furry in large part because it was recorded from the inbuilt camera in a cellular telephone handset.
 

 
So, anybody have any good guesses here?

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Io (eye oh) moth.

Named after the Greek goddess Io, who one of the moons of Jupiter is also named after.


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Thank you Jimbo!!! Handshake
I knew it was a Saturniid of some type; I just didn't know exactly what subspecies.
 
I used to be an entomologist working for the State of Alaska in the 1970s, but we didn't have any moths like that up there.

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According to the website I linked, they're only found in the east and midwest....



If your brother in law found it in Oregon, that might be unusual.

Maybe they stray occasionally.

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I was thinking the exact same thing.
 
A few years ago in Shelton WA., a housemate of mine brought me an Io moth that one of the cats had fatally wounded -- she suggested that I could patch up its ruptured abdomen with super glue. 😮
Crazy biotch!!! Ouch

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Looks like a Polyphemus  (cannot say that three times fast!) moth to me.    Big, beautiful moths!  I think that Io moths are smaller, although they are just as amazing to see up-close.   
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Originally posted by CapeCat CapeCat wrote:

Looks like a Polyphemus  (cannot say that three times fast!) moth to me.    Big, beautiful moths!  I think that Io moths are smaller, although they are just as amazing to see up-close.   

I think you are right. Thumbs Up
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Originally posted by CapeCat CapeCat wrote:

Looks like a Polyphemus  (cannot say that three times fast!) moth to me.    Big, beautiful moths!  I think that Io moths are smaller, although they are just as amazing to see up-close.   
I think that you're absolutely correct, thank you!!! Handshake

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Originally posted by Angry McPisseron Angry McPisseron wrote:

I think that you're absolutely correct, thank you!!!!

CapeCat has obviously remained more current on her Lepidopterology than I have.

My friends and I used to study and collect them as kids.

We knew all the different species and could ID them on sight.

That was a looooooong time ago, though.

I do remember the Polyphemus, but only now since I've been reminded of it.



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