πŸ“Έ by @anna.niemywska

The antheraea polyphemus silk moth is basically a tarantula with wings – however this slight resemblance is the only trait they have in common.

The caterpillars of these moths eat 86,000 times their weigh in leaves before they spin their silk and cocoon.

Once they emerge as the adult silk moth they were always destined to be, they don’t eat and they die about a week after leaving the chrysalis – just enough time to start the next generation.

The adult moths have a wingspan of more than 5 inches (12.7cm) and the wings themselves carry two large “eyespots” that the polyphemus moth uses to mislead predators into thinking it is much larger and staring right back at them – a very effective deterrent.



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