polyphemus moth


polyphemus moth
noun
very large yellowish-brown American silkworm moth with large eyespots on hind wings; larvae feed on fruit and shade trees
Hypernyms: ↑saturniid, ↑saturniid moth
Member Holonyms: ↑Antheraea, ↑genus Antheraea

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Usage: often capitalized P
Etymology: polyphemus from New Latin (specific epithet of Telea polyphemus), from Latin Polyphemus, a Cyclops; from the eyelike spot on its hind wings
: a very large American silkworm moth (Antheraea polyphemus) of a yellowish or brownish color with a large eyelike spot in each hind wing and a larva that is very large and bright green with silvery tubercles and with oblique white stripes on the sides and that feeds on the oak, chestnut, willow, cherry, apple, and other trees

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a large, yellowish-brown American silkworm moth, Antheraea polyphemus, having a prominent eyespot on each hind wing and feeding on cherry, apple, and other trees.

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Polyphemus moth,
a large, tan American silkworm moth, that has an eyespot on each hind wing.

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