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Io Moth

Automeris io


Imagines (sexually mature, reproductive stage) have a wingspan of 2.5–3.5 inches (63–88 mm). This species is sexually dimorphic, males having bright yellow forewings, body, and legs, while females have reddish brown forewings, body, and legs. The males also have much bigger plumose (feathery) antennae than the females. Both have one big black to bluish eyespot with some white in the center, on each hindwing, a defense mechanism meant to frighten off potential predators, especially when the moth is sitting in the head-down position. (Wikipedia)


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Florida, USA

Lat: 26.74, Long: -81.13

Spotted on Sep 27, 2016
Submitted on Feb 11, 2017

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