Polyphemus Moth (Antheraea polyphemus)
Origin: North America/Canada
Sighted at: My apartment @ Hill Country, Austin, TX
This shot doesn’t give a great sense of scale, but this thing was ENORMOUS – maybe seven or eight inches from wing-tip to wing-tip. Its name is a reference to the Cyclops known as Polyphemus, who confronted Odysseus and his crew on his journey back to Ithaca.
Moths give me the jibblies.