What big eyes you have! The Polyphemus moth, with its unusual ‘eyespots’ is one of the largest moths. The eyespots are believed to mimic an owl’s eyes, which may ward off a potential predator. And with a wingspan that can measure nearly six inches, it is certainly a spectacular specimen. The Polyphemus moth can be found in every state except Arizona and Nevada. To distinguish between the male and female Polyphemus moth looks at the antennae. The male, like this one, sports large, feathery antennae, which helps it detect a female’s scent. The moth is nocturnal and attracted to light so leaving on the backdoor light may be enough to catch a glimpse of this beautiful creature.
Photo by Michaele Duke