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Polyphemus Moth
2007-10-24 13:04:17

The Polyphemus Moth (Antheraea polyphemus), is a member of the Saturniidae (giant silk moths) family. It is a tan colored moth, with an average wingspan of 6 inches. Its most noticeable feature is the large purplish eyespots on its two hind-wings. The eyespots are where the moth gets its name - from the Greek myth of Cyclops Polyphemus. The caterpillar of the Polyphemus moth can eat 86,000...

Atlas moth
2005-09-09 11:54:00

The Atlas moth (Attacus atlas) is a large saturniid moth found in the tropical and subtropical forests of Southeast Asia, and is common across the Malay archipelago to Indonesia. In India, Atlas moths are cultivated for their silk in a non-commercial capacity; unlike that produced by the related Silkworm moth (Bombyx mori), Atlas moth silk is secreted as broken strands. This brown, wool-like...

Luna Moth
2005-08-25 11:41:50

The Luna Moth (Actias luna) is a large lime-green saturniid moth found in North America from east of the Great Plains in the United States to northern Mexico and from Ontario eastward through central Quebec to Nova Scotia in Canada. The caterpillar of this moth feeds on the leaves of birch, alder, persimmon, sweet gum, hickory, walnut, and sumac trees. The adults do not eat or have mouths,...

Saturniidae
2005-08-25 08:22:37

The Saturniidae, collectively known as saturniids, are among the largest and most spectacular of the Lepidoptera (or moths), with an estimated 1,200 to 1,500 different species existing worldwide. These moths are often brightly colored and have translucent eyespots on their wings to frighten predators. Sexual dimorphism varies by species, but males can always be distinguished by their larger,...

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