You may see a lot of this huge moth flying around South Texas
SAN ANTONIO —
This huge moth is called a Polyphemus moth. According to Molly Keck, entomologist at our Bexar County Texas Agriculture Extension Agency, they like Oak trees and are coming out a lot right now!
It is named after Polyphemus, the giant cyclops from Greek mythology who had a single large, round, eye in the middle of his forehead. The name is because of the large eyespots on the wings.
The wingspan of these moths can be as much as 6 inch wide! Don’t be scared of them, they’re harmless! With all our Oak trees in South Texas, they may be hidden, but they're out there! If you come across one of these moths, take a pic and send it our way!