Male Polyphemus Moth

Subject: Moth
Location: Aroostook county maine
July 9, 2016 7:13 pm
I found this on my screen door one morning, it is approximately the size of a Luna Mo h but not as pretty. What is it????
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Male Polyphemus Moth
Male Polyphemus Moth

Dear Sclabby67,
While beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it is somehow unfair to judge the prettiness of this male Polyphemus Moth based on the markings on the undersides of the wings, which act as a very good camouflage with dried leaves.  When the wings are opened, and the magnificent eyespots on the underwings are revealed as in this image from our archives, you might feel differently.

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