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Are the Polyphemus Moths Dangerous?

Are the polyphemus moths dangerous? Do they bite or sting? Can I touch it or pick it up?

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July 11, 20180 found this helpful

They are not dangerous. Some people keep them as pets. You can read about them here. www.animalspot.net/polyphemus-moth-antheraea-polyphemus...

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July 12, 20180 found this helpful

For most people they are fine to handle, not dangerous or poisonous.

Although for two reasons, I am of the mind to just let them be and not interfere with them:

The first reason is I wouldn't handle them or their pre-stage incarnations as caterpillars only because when I was a kid, I used to play with these and other caterpillars and I always seemed to get a rash. That said, they never affected my friends, so I must be overly sensitive.

The second reason is I am strongly apposed to doing anything that could cause them or their eco system any harm (I think I feel guilty I probably "played" with them a little too hard when I was a kid and accidentally killed a few by mistake.)

They are just out there trying to live in their weird and beautiful caterpillar to cocoon to moth world...so just watch...don't touch is my motto.

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But those who know me, know I am just a tad wonky about stuff like this :)

There is another interesting site about them:

animaldiversity.org/.../

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July 12, 20180 found this helpful

Totally harmless to humans.

Some people can keep moths as pets too. But I am not a fan of moths as they can feed on fabric/clothing or pantry items - best to keep outdoors or play with outdoors only.

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July 12, 20180 found this helpful

They are not in the least bit dangerous. BUT it is advised to not handle them, the wing are very fragile and soft.

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August 23, 20180 found this helpful

oh no they are sweethearts and beautiful!

is my first reaction

but i look it up to make sure and: www.whatsthatbug.com/.../

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here they answer questions about this moth and their view is they are neither poisonous nor harmful nor do they bite - in fact apparently the adult moth does not eat at all (!!!) it is only the caterpillar that eats voraciously

the caterpillars are probably harmful to gardens because they eat a huge quantity of vegetable matter " oak, hickory, elm, maple and birch; caterpillars will also eat apple, beech, ash, willow, linden, rose, grape and pine." eol.org/pages/386283/details

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