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Polyphemus moth

Antheraea polyphemus


Large moth with 6" wing span, notable for large, purplish eyespots on its two hind wings.


Widely distributed across North America, this moth lives in woodlands. This spotting was on the deck of our cottage on Salt Spring Island which has douglas fir, arbutus and big-leaf maple on the property.

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Nimbid Ditavi
Nimbid Ditavi 7 years ago

Magnificent spotting and captures Ron!

Ron Caswell
Ron Caswell 7 years ago

thanks for the kudos!

Telse 7 years ago

Wow! It's Gorgeous Ron.

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 7 years ago


Hi Ron, love your moth! Please add it to the mission Moths and Butterflies of the Pacific Northwest:

RiekoS 7 years ago

Very nice.

CastleSiavonga 7 years ago

Lovely photos Ron - he looks like he's wearing a fur coat. Quite amazing.

Ron Caswell
Spotted by
Ron Caswell

British Columbia, Canada

Spotted on Jun 23, 2013
Submitted on Jun 25, 2013

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