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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...

Word of the Day
sudarium
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.