Subject: Large Moth
Location: Kansas US
July 27, 2013 3:51 pm
What kind of moth is this? I found it on my porch this morning.
Signature: Ronda R
How fortunate you are to have had this Polyphemus Moth sighting in conjunction with National Moth Week. The name Polyphemus Moth is taken from the cyclops of Greek mythology and refers to the eyespots on the lower wings which are hidden from view in your photograph. Moths with eyespots on their underwings use them to frighten off larger predators by revealing the spots when they are disturbed. We hope our own Elyria Canyon Moth Night event this evening brings us a few showy specimens.