General Question

mollyg's avatar

what do I do with a giant silk moth that birthed itself in my dorm room in the middle of winter?

Asked by mollyg (30points) February 12th, 2008

It started growing in my rabbit’s cage in the summer and I didn’t think it would hatch but it did yesterday. it is a male Antheraea Polyphemus, and it is about six inches wide.

Observing members: 0 Composing members: 0

6 Answers

artemisdivine's avatar

man o man. i love animals so i would try and keep it alive! but out of your rabbits cage or the rabbit might hurt it. should go in an aquarium maybe. seriously that is so cool. or find a place that raises moths. a zoo maybe. i am jealous.

here is what it will look like

The Polyphemus moth acquired its name from a Greek god named Polyphemus, who was the son of Poseidon (Zeus’s brother) in Greek mythology. Polyphemus was a cyclops. Polyphemus moths have two pairs of “eyes” to ward off predators. They have no mouthparts for feeding or drinking. They have a short lifespan of only four days

The Polyphemus moth (Antheraea polyphemus) is a member of the Saturniidae family, or giant silk moths.

How to rear Saturniid moths

The Polyphemus Moth
(Antheraea polyphemus, Cramer, 1776)

ezraglenn's avatar

do not eat it!
if it only lives for four days it doesn’t seem like it should be that big of a deal, but this moth seems somewhat supernatural, so I don’t know what to tell you…

jz1220's avatar

Just wait for it to die on its own, and when it does, preserve it in a glass display case and use as wall art – it has an interesting story.

Spargett's avatar

Congratulations, here’s a cigar.

But seriously, let it loose outside. And be very careful about handling it. They need the fine dust that’s on their wings.

Schenectandy's avatar

It birthed itself?! Wow, that’s like an inverted ouroborus!

Answer this question




to answer.

This question is in the General Section. Responses must be helpful and on-topic.

Your answer will be saved while you login or join.

Have a question? Ask Fluther!

What do you know more about?
Knowledge Networking @ Fluther