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Today in Hawks around Town – A Super Dope Moth or a Decent Butterfly?

by Prince Of Petworth May 25, 2017 at 1:45 pm 22 Comments

My daughter spotted this guy on the mean streets of North Cleveland Park. Moth or Butterfly?

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  • Belinskaya

    Super dope moth! Moths have “furry”, thick bodies.

  • LE in VA

    Also, most moths rest with wings flat; most butterflies with wings shut.

  • wdc

    Polyphemus moth! One of the giant saturniids. (I love how the names are all out of greek mythology.)
    That’s a male. Small body, and giant antennae, for sniffing out the ladies. Male giant saturniids have the best sense of smell, in their own way, of any animal on earth.
    They are native to the region, and are dying out due to habitat loss and light pollution.

    • idontgetit

      “Polyphemus Moth” is going to be my new Grindr ID.

      • wdc

        For your small furry body and your giant antennae?
        Hey, he started it.

        • idontgetit


  • neighbor

    That’s a moth. Duh.

    • Was the duh really necessary? Really? There’s a few things I’d like to say in reply to that but as a father I’m now forced to practice what I preach God help me. And yes I REALIZE I MAY BE OVERREACTING A BIT.

      • neighbor

        flippancy never comes across in comments. I really meant nothing by it.

        • Moths always rip us apart :)

          • LE in VA
          • I agree the “duh” was obnoxious. There are a whole lot of people – a surprising number actually – who know nothing about “nature.” I’ll bet half of PoPville readers couldn’t identify a mourning dove. Sure, one could google “what’s the difference between a moth and a butterfly.” But one can also just marvel at the accidental encounter here on a blog, and trust that good information will be coming in.

          • I count myself among that number that knows close to nothing – so I’m always grateful for the collective’s knowledge!

  • Ento-anon

    Polyphemus moth! In the silk moth family. Their caterpillars are pretty dope, too.

    • wdc

      Cecropias have the best and biggest caterpillars. They get almost to hot dog sized if you feed them right.

      • anono

        We used to find these and the Luna moth floating in our pool growing up. While sad their lives ended tragically, they made this lil budding entomologist happy!

  • soozles

    Dope moth. Note the feathery antennae.

  • MPinDC

    I am impressed with the collective knowledge in PoPville! On this, and countless other subjects!

    • Pleasanter


  • Carey

    It’s not dope, but slightly fresh and definitely fly.

    • LE in VA

      The Fresh Moth of DC?

  • Planner

    It’s a Norwegian Blue… Remarkable bird, innit, squire? Lovely plumage!


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