The species is widespread in continental North America. Differentiating between sexes of this species is very easy. The most obvious difference is the plumose antennae. Males will have very bushy antennae while females will have moderately less bushy antennae. The male's bushy antennae are used to detect pheromones released by unmated females.
Friday, June 20, 2014
Polyphemus Moth (Antheraea polyphemus), a the giant 6 inch silk moth. Wikipedia writes that the most notable feature of the moth is its large, purplish eyespots on its two hindwings. The eye spots are where it gets its name – from the Greek myth of the Cyclops Polyphemus.