'Bullseye' Moth (Automeris tridens)

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    Reared at home by a friend of mine, he fed the caterpillars on Privet.

    There are many varieties of the ‘Bullseye’ moth that are widespread in Central and Southern America the wingspan of this species is about 3 inches (8cm). The large eyespots are supposed to look like Owls eyes so that predators would not come too close, when the wings are closed however they are quite camouflaged.

    The caterpillars of this species actually sting using the hairs that have a chemical in them similar to a Stinging Nettle but a more painful. Click on the link below to see a photo of the caterpillar:

    www.backyardnature.net/n/10/101107ca.jpg

    Wildmoorway, smiley117/ mary, and 4 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Andrew Cooper 2017 68 months ago | reply

      stu.bloggs..Dont do Sundays Yeah, I agree Stu!! Thanks for the comment, hope your well. :-)

    2. Louise loves wildlife 68 months ago | reply

      Wow, what amazing colours, are they native moths?? Fantastic shots

    3. Twitter @keithcymru 68 months ago | reply

      fantastic Andrew regards keith

    4. Mick E. Talbot 68 months ago | reply

      Wow, amazing, both..!!!

    5. Pete Withers 68 months ago | reply

      Excellent result matey!!

    6. Blurmeister 68 months ago | reply

      Cracking shots Andrew. Those eye spots are pretty striking, aren't they?

    7. Andrew Cooper 2017 68 months ago | reply

      Steve Roach Thanks Steve! Yeah, they are very striking.

    8. Curiosity thrills. 68 months ago | reply

      Incredible.. could easily be a piece of art.

    9. Andrew Cooper 2017 68 months ago | reply

      Curiosity thrills. Yeah, I very much agree with you Buzz!

    10. Purple Centipede~Jack 68 months ago | reply

      WOW! That's an impressive moth!!! Imagine one of those in your trap :-O Nice Capture

    11. Andrew Cooper 2017 68 months ago | reply

      Purple Centipede~Jack Thanks Jack! Yeah, they are pretty fantastic!!! :-)

    12. JackDeanPhotography 67 months ago | reply

      What a beauty! Very nice looking

    13. Andrew Cooper 2017 67 months ago | reply

      JackDeanPhotography Yeah, I agree with you Jack! :-)

    14. Tracy_lo has got my allotment ;0) 67 months ago | reply

      Absolutely stunning, beautiful colours , a lovely example

    15. Andrew Cooper 2017 67 months ago | reply

      Tracy_lo has got my allotment ;0) Thanks for the comment Tracy! They are super moths. :-)

    16. Lostash 67 months ago | reply

      Beautiful creature!

    17. Andrew Cooper 2017 67 months ago | reply

      Lostash I agree, thanks for the comment.

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