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Luna moth caterpillar or Polyphemus moth caterpillar?  - Antheraea polyphemus

Luna moth caterpillar or Polyphemus moth caterpillar? - Antheraea polyphemus
Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, USA
October 20, 2018
Size: 3.02 inches
Found this caterpillar yesterday, and it cocooned over night. I am really hoping/thinking it is a luna moth, but after sharing some photos I have found some controversy. Can anyone help me? it is slightly over 3 inches (roughly 3.02)

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Luna moth caterpillar or Polyphemus moth caterpillar?  - Antheraea polyphemus Luna moth caterpillar or Polyphemus moth caterpillar?  - Antheraea polyphemus Luna moth caterpillar or Polyphemus moth caterpillar?  - Antheraea polyphemus

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This looks like it is....
...a Polyphemus moth (Hodges #7757).

 
How can you distinguish a Pol
How can you distinguish a Polyphemus between a Luna?

 
Luna has a pale stripe above
Luna has a distinct pale yellow stripe just below the spiracles.

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