Thursday, July 20, 2017

Polyphemus moth

Polyphemus moth
common name: polyphemus moth
scientific name: Antheraea polyphemus (Cramer) (Insecta: Lepidoptera: Saturniidae: Saturniinae)



The polyphemus moth, Antheraea polyphemus (Cramer), is one of our largest and most beautiful silk moths. It is named after Polyphemus, the giant cyclops from Greek mythology who had a single large, round, eye in the middle of his forehead (Himmelman 2002). The name is because of the large eyespots in the middle of the hind wings. The polyphemus moth also has been known by the genus name Telea but it and the Old World species in the genus Antheraea are not considered to be sufficiently different to warrant different generic names


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