Polyphemus Moth

Subject: Moth or spider or both?
Location: Kansas City, Missouri
May 30, 2015 4:39 pm
Hi Daniel, my niece found this adorable little critter in Kansas City Missouri.
Any idea what it might be?
Thanks a bunch,
Signature: Michele

Polyphemus Moth
Polyphemus Moth

Dear Michele,
Moths do not have wings.  This is a Polyphemus Moth, and if he had opened his wings, you would have been treated to a marvelous sight.  The markings on a Polyphemus Moth are thought to mimic eyes, indicating a much larger and potentially dangerous creature that would frighten away a predatory bird.

Leave a Comment