|A female Polyphemus Moth - the thin antennae and expanded abdomen identify her as female|
When this moth spreads its wings it shows a pair of large eye-spots. This is a type of mimicry. If the moth is threatened by a predator such as a bird it can show its eye-spots to appear like a much larger creature. The Polyphemus Moth was named because of these eye-spots. Polyphemus is the mythical Cyclops that is blinded by Odysseus in the epic poem The Odyssey.
|Polyphemus Moth with wings open exposing her eye-spots.|
Polyphemus Moths are Mid-Michigan's second largest species of moth - only the Cecropia Moth (Hyalophora cecropia) is larger. We are waiting on three Cecropia Moths to emerge from their cocoons any day.
|The Polyphemus on my hand for scale|
Last evening we took a few photographs of the Polyphemus Moth (a female) before releasing her in a local park. Hopefully she will be able to attract a mate and a new generation can start this Summer.
|Shara holding the Polyphemus before it was released|
|The Polyphemus Moth sitting in a Silver Maple tree|