Wild Guide: Polyphemus Moth

By MDC | April 1, 2022
From Missouri Conservationist: April 2022

Polyphemus Moth

Antheraea polyphemus

Large, butterflylike polyphemus moths vary in color — some are brown or tan while others are bright reddish brown. All have a small eyespot in the center of the forewing, and a very large eyespot in the middle of the hindwing. Males have smaller bodies than females, and their plumelike antennae are larger than those of females. Polyphemus moths can be abundant in and near forests, parks and suburban areas, orchards, and wetlands. Adults are frequently attracted to lights at night.

Did You Know?

The polyphemus is named after the giant one-eyed monster (cyclops) of Homer’s Odyssey, for the big eyespot on each hindwing.

Polyphemus Moth, Belton MO

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