Polyphemus moths are among my most favorite moths. They are large, colorful and showy with the males displaying large feathery antenna. The eyespots on the hindwings are truly a sight to behold. The metallic blue scales are a very unique color among native USA species. The combinations of tan, brown, blue, yellow, and violet make for a stunning presentation. Polyphemus hindwings make stunning pendants. The photo of the live specimen was selected to show what an average specimen will look like. The vast majority of the Polyphemus specimens I sell will be at least that colorful and in most cases more colorful.
I am not offering these as pairs. For several reasons, I have more females than males. Anyone ordering multiple specimens will receive both males and females. I just can't promise a 1 to 1 ratio. And most artists don't care about the sex of the moth unless it is a species like IO where the males and females are so differently colored they almost look like a different species.
PLEASE NOTE ABOUT SHIPPING----- I am not responsible for postal shock that causes antenna or legs to break off or separate. This is standard industry practice. That said it is rare but it does happen. Shipments are insured, should the specimens have wing tears or damaged then insurance will handle that and as long as the buyer helps with the claim, replacement specimens will be sent.
PLEASE READ-----------I sell unmounted specimens, with wings over their back and slid into glassine envelopes. This has been the industry standard since the 1800's!!! I have been selling specimens for 40 years and until a year or 2 ago I never had to explain what unmounted meant. Unmounted means, wings over the back in an envelope! Simple as that. I do know that some sellers, especially of foreign species raised by overseas are sometimes now sold with wings open. I know this because the damage rate of those specimens in shipping is very high and I often get contacted to supply specimens when the wings spread order gets mangled. Dead, dried, unmounted moths and butterflies have been sold wings over their back since the 1800's because it is by far the safest way to ship specimens. If I were to sell mounted specimens I would put them in displays and charge a lot more. I supply unmounted insects for those that use them for collections, art and other products. Moths are not butterflies. They have much larger bodies and take more time to rehydrate them sufficiently for easy mounting.
ALSO READ-----------I consistently hear from potential customers that they have had problem with wing breaking when trying to mount specimens. Often it is felt this happens because specimens are sold wings over the back. Sorry the problem is improper rehydration. FYI- Even if you manage to get specimens with wings open for you to get them in the final position for your collection or project you will have to rehydrate them yet again. This is a very bad practice. Rehydrating twice is almost never a good idea. No one way exists to rehydrate and mount specimens. It all depends on your available materials and even climate conditions where you live. I will be offering practice specimens for sale at a much lower cost. Also offerings that include both pristine and practice specimens.