Elizabeth Melton Parsons



Polyphemus Moth and Others

The Polyphemus moth is a very large and beautiful silk moth-named after Polyphemus, the giant cyclops in Greek mythology. Snapped this picture at work on Friday. It’s the second one I’ve seen this month at work.

The Beautiful Imperial Moth

And my favorite, The Lovely Luna Moth


Imperial Moth

Imperial Moth

Imperial Moth (Eacles imperialis)

This lovely creature landed under my side light the other night. So of course I had to snap a photo. She (I believe it’s a she) is quite spectacular.

Why are moths attracted to artificial light? That seems to be a little mystery that may remain a mystery. Although there are quite a few theories. The most common being that moths use the light of the moon to navigate and artificial light confuses their flight pattern, so they fly around and around the light in confusion until they tire out. They then settle down to rest.

Want to know more about this and other theories? Go here: http://www.livescience.com/33156-moths-drawn-artificial-lights.html

And to learn more about the Imperial Moth go here: http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Eacles-imperialis