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Antheraea polyphemus,
Phalaena polyphemus, Telea polyphemus, Polyphemus Moth

Scientific name:  Antheraea polyphemus
Synonym name:  Phalaena polyphemus, Telea polyphemus
Common name:  Polyphemus Moth
Family:  Saturniidae, Saturniids, Giant silk moths

Butterfly Antheraea polyphemus, Phalaena polyphemus, Telea polyphemus, Polyphemus Moth


Derivation of the scientific name:
Antheraea, New Latin, probably irregular from Greek anthēros, flowery: a genus of large moths.
Polyphemus was the mythological one-eyed cyclops, mentioned in The Odyssey of Homer.

The purplish eyespots on its two hindwings gave this moth its name.
Wing Span 3 15/16 - 5 7/8 inches (10 - 15 cm).
The larvae or caterpillars of these moths are found on a wide variety of trees and shrubs including oak (Quercus), willow (Salix), maple (Acer), and birch (Betula).






 
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