With a wingspan over 3 inches (7.5 cm), the Promethea Moth is right at home in the Giant Silk Moth family.
The generous size of the Promethea Moth first attracts attention, but the details on its wings help maintain interest. It has bold eyespots at the edge of the forewings. Contrasting bands of dark brown near the body and light brown near the wing edges are further punctuated by a thin line of white between them. Females are brown and lighter than the almost black males. This species is very similar in appearance to its relative, the Tulip-Tree Silkmoth.
The caterpillar form has a pale green fleshy body with two nubby red protrusions rimmed in black at the head and a single yellow one at the other end. They feed on a variety of different types of plants, but generally stick to one kind year after year in smaller populations.
Scientific Name: Callosamia promethea
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 75mm to 95mm (2.93in to 3.71in)
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Butterfly and Moth Anatomy
Antennae: Butterflies and Moths have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and proboscis.
Thorax: Home to the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
Abdomen: Contains vital internal organs such as the heart(s) and reproduction facilities.
Forewing: The upper, forward wing pair used for flying.
Hindwing: The lower, rearward wing pair used for flying.
NOTE: Butterflies and Moths are part of the Lepidopteran order as they share many similarities.