polyphemus moth


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pol·y·phe·mus moth

 (pŏl′ə-fē′məs)
n.
A large North American silkworm moth (Antheraea polyphemus) having an eyelike spot on each hind wing.

[After Polyphemus, from the ocellus on its hind wings.]

polyphe′mus moth`

(ˌpɒl əˈfi məs)
n.
a large, yellowish brown American moth, Antheraea polyphemus, having a prominent eyespot on each hind wing.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.polyphemus moth - very large yellowish-brown American silkworm moth with large eyespots on hind wingspolyphemus moth - very large yellowish-brown American silkworm moth with large eyespots on hind wings; larvae feed on fruit and shade trees
saturniid, saturniid moth - large brightly colored and usually tropical moth; larvae spin silken cocoons
Antheraea, genus Antheraea - large moths whose larvae produce silk of high quality
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The Polyphemus Moth has a wingspan of up to 6 inches It is named after a one-eye-giant in Greek mythology for the large eye-spots on its hindwings, which may serve to frighten predators.
Greediest: The larva of the Polyphemus moth eats 86,000 times its own birthweight in it's first 56 days alive.