Polyphemus Moth

Subject: Moth ID
Location: Massachusetts
yJune 2, 2016 12:51 pm
What kind of moth is this? Don’t know? Maybe I can name it after myself. . .
This moth was about 4 inches (8 inch wingspan). Acted dead.
Signature: Discoverer

Polyphemus Moth
Polyphemus Moth

Dear Discoverer,
This magnificent moth is a Polyphemus Moth, one of the Giant Silkmoths in the family Saturniidae, that owes its common name Polyphemus Moth to the eyespots on its underwings that are used to frighten potential predators.  Polyphemus is the legendary Cyclops from Greek mythology.

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