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Big brown and gray moth with leaf like antenni.
Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 2:48 PM
Big brown and gray moth with leaf like antenni.
Hello,
Today on my porch I came accross a very large brown and gray moth with large antenni that resemble leaves. There are a couple spots on each wing.
Justin
Texas

Polyphemus Moth

Polyphemus Moth

Hi Justin,
Your moth is a Giant Silk Moth known as the Polyphemus Moth.  The dorsal surface of the lower wings have large spots that resemble eyes, hence naming the moth after the legendary cyclops Polyphemus from the Odyssey.

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One Response to Polyphemus Moth

  1. valerie mount says:

    Today I had on my door step, clinging to the slip of the step, a huge moth, dark brown and antennae with spidery film on each, like leaf. Length close to 3 inches. Eye on the side, and a bit of dark black velvet touches and rusty brown or orange near head. Darker than one shown in the photos I just found on What’s That Bug? But does look like a Polythemus

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