Don't cha just love his eyes?! I thought he was pretty!
This thing is hugh!!
You can almost feel the silkiness of the wings in your photo! An elegant moth, eh!
A male Polyphemus, Antheraea polyphemus.
I always thought the name was strange though - in Greek myth Polyphemus had only one eye! ;)
For life cycle info:
Thanks Lophop, for all the nice information!! Tis very interesting!!
Glad you liked it.
Glad to have been of some small service Molly -
Actually, I've got a thing about Silk Moths - back when I was a kid and in my bug phase, while on a summer trip back to my daddy's house in Texas, my Nana showed me a big Luna Moth (Actias luna). http://pooh.unl.edu/~scotth/samantha/moths-butterflies.html?page=luna
Nothing remotely like that in San Diego, and I've been crazy about Silk Moths since. (One of the things that brought me to Japan????????)
Thanks for posting such a nice pic!
Ahhh yes the Luna Moth, That is also one of my favorites! We had one here in the yard about 1 week before I got my camera, so I missed getting a pic of that one :( but there will be others I'm sure.
Glad you liked the picture :)
I think it is super neat to be talking to someone IN Japan! That is so cool!!!
Oh! Molly - please do get a pic next time 'round!
The Actias in the US are a different subspp. than here in Japan. i'd love to see a photo!
PS. "I think it is super neat to be talking to someone IN"....Villa Rica, Georgia. "That is so cool!!!"
(My favorite band is from Athens...:)
I sure will get a pic next time, and I'll be sure and post it for you to see.
PS, What's the name of the band?? Athens is a fer piece from little ole Villa Rica but I might know the name.
Where are you from? Before moving to Cool Japan that is???
REM (Actually, that was almost 20 years ago! :O )
I'm from San Diego, CA.
And BTW - Japan is NOT cool!!! It was 36 degrees C today!!!!!