All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

Polyphemus Moth - false eyes
Antheraea polyphemus 
#7757 
Oak Ridge, TN (Anderson Co.)
7-22-11 

These moths open their upper wings to flash their "false eyes" to frighten predators. I blew gently on the moth to get it to do this! The open area o...
Polyphemus Moth - false eyes
Antheraea polyphemus
#7757
Oak Ridge, TN (Anderson Co.)
7-22-11

These moths open their upper wings to flash their "false eyes" to frighten predators. I blew gently on the moth to get it to do this! The open area of the eyespot is transparent, there are no scales.

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