Marvelous Moths

Polyphemus SilkMoth

Named after a mythical monstrous Greek giant with huge eyes, these silk moths likely utilize their startling eye shaped design to startle off possible predators. The female pictured above is easily identified by her thin atennae, as males have robust bushy antennae.

This lovely creature is the widest ranging North American Giant Silkmoth. Giant Silkmoths, float around on an average 5 inch winge span and live only long enough to mate. They do not even get to enjoy a last meal, since they do not feed as adults, having no mouths or digestive systems!

Though they do not eat as adults, they eat all kinds of vegetation as larve and tend to be excellent snacks for many predators through each stage of their development.