Silk Moth

Silk Moth Antennae Photo, Picture
  • Common Name: Silk Moth
  • Order Name: Lepidoptera
  • Family Name: Saturniidae

The moth members of this Order of insects include a large number of diverse families. Moth groups include micro moths, leaf miners, clothes moths, plume moths, ermine moths, burnets, geometrids, silk moths, sphinx moths, tiger moths, wasp moths, noctuids, underwings and many others.

Looking more like a leaf, this tropical silk moth held on with its front two feet and swayed in the breeze along with the surrounding foliage. This camouflage is strengthened by the venation like wing patternation and leaflike shape. As if all of this charade was not enough protection against detection, as a last resort, this moth would flash two impressively colorful and large eyespots concealed beneath the forewings.