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Antheraea polyphemus

Antheraea polyphemus

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Pigment ink photographic print on matte archival quality paper
Print: 10 x 15in. / 25.4cm x 38.01cm
Paper: 13 x 19in. / 33.02cm x 48.26cm

Artist's Insight
Common name: Polyphemus Moth, Latin Species name: Antheraea polyphemus

Collected in Lac Bonin, Quebec on June 9, 2005

The Polyphemus Moth (Antheraea polyphemus), is one of our largest and most beautiful silk moths. It is named after Polyphemus, the giant cyclops from Greek mythology who had a single large, round, eye in the middle of his forehead. The name is because of the large eyespots in the middle of the hind wings; the centre of all four eyespots are in fact translucent - one of the few parts of the moth not completely covered in scales.

The Polyphemus is found throughout North America. It has an impressive wingspread of 120 mm.

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