A Very Small Jelly Donut?

Spotted this small object on a swamp white oak leaf yesterday.
With help from iNaturalist and Tracks and Signs of Insects, I learned that it’s an egg of a Polyphemus Moth (Antheraea polyphemus).
You may recall that I found a half dozen of the large cocoons of this species over the winter. I’ve seen several reports of adult moths being spotted around Brooklyn on iNaturalist, although I haven’t seen any myself. But they’re obviously finding each other…

Good to know another generation has a chance.

4 Responses to “A Very Small Jelly Donut?”


  1. 1 Chuck McAlexander June 23, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    Interesting that it is on the top side of the leaf.

  2. 3 Geri Lawhon July 31, 2020 at 11:43 am

    Nice catch. Something that small could easily be missed.


  1. 1 National Moth Week: Polyphemus | Backyard and Beyond Trackback on July 23, 2020 at 7:00 am

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