Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Calendar
Upcoming Events

National Moth Week photos of insects and people. Here's how to add your images.

Photos of insects and people from the 2019 BugGuide Gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa


TaxonomyBrowse
Info
ImagesLinksBooksData

Species Antheraea oculea - Western Polyphemus Moth - Hodges#7757.1

Antheraea oculea - male Oculea Silkmoth  in AZ - Antheraea oculea - male Antheraea oculea - male Antheraea oculea - male Antheraea oculea - female Oculea Silkmoth larva - Antheraea oculea Antheraea - Antheraea oculea Antheraea oculea - female
Show images of: caterpillars · adults · both
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Bombycoidea (Silkworm, Sphinx, and Royal Moths)
Family Saturniidae (Giant Silkworm and Royal Moths)
Subfamily Saturniinae (Silkmoths)
Tribe Saturniini
Genus Antheraea
Species oculea (Western Polyphemus Moth - Hodges#7757.1)
Hodges Number
7757.1
Other Common Names
Oculea Silkmoth
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Antheraea oculea (Neumoegen, 1883)
Telea oculea Neumoegen, 1883
Antheraea polyphemus oculea Ferguson, 1972

Distinction from A. polyphemus as a regional subspecies versus species is debated.
Explanation of Names
Oculea is from Latin for "eyed".
Size
Forewing length 7-8 cm. (1)
Identification
Larva very similar to A. polyphemus.

Adults are also similar to A. polyphemus, but darker and with more markings around the eye spots. "Upperside of wings is tan, sometimes with a yellowish or reddish tint. Forewing margin is the same color as the basal area; submarginal line is black. Rings around the eyespots are orange, blue, and black. Underside has contrasting rust, brown, and white markings." - Butterflies and Moths of North America (2)
Range
Arizona to western Texas. (3)
Season
The main flight period is May to December. (3)
Food
Caterpillars feed on leaves of oaks and walnuts.
See Also
Antheraea polyphemus
Print References
Ferguson, D.C., 1972. The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 20.2b. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation, p. 204, pl.15.1-2. (4)
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press. pl.37, fig. 11; p.241. (1)