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During my early morning walk today I came across the following creature - it was a huge, about 9 inches (23 cm) across. It was the most beautiful gigantic moth I have ever seen in these parts.

It is a Giant Silkworm Moth also known as a Saturnid Moth. This one is (for whatever reasons) called the Cyclops.

I just had to share some pictures of one (not my pictures....I didn't have my camera with me).'
Isn't he just gorgeous?


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zombiefire6 years ago
you are so lucky if anyone wants to sell any they find email me at bored19@hotmail.com.au
Goodhart (author)  zombiefire6 years ago
Well, I thought it was on it's last breaths, but when I went to look for a container to bring it home in (to keep it safe), like a box from one of the stores I was at (outside mall), it has flown off. She definitely was a beaut though.
Was it dead or alive?
Goodhart (author)  GorillazMiko8 years ago
She climbed up onto my finger, so she was just barely alive.
Doctor What8 years ago
I recently (about a week ago), found three big moths all of the same type around the warehouse. They were about three inches wide, and didn't move much at all. (mind you, one was dead). They only moved if you touched them, even then it was only a little. Maybe the snorlax of the moth family? They were amazing. I'm rambling. Ramble on.
Goodhart (author)  Doctor What8 years ago
It is possible that they were females and had finished egg laying....and the last thing left for them to do was to perish.
That is depressing. Why are they so depressing?
Goodhart (author)  Doctor What8 years ago
Many of them have a short "cycle" but their genes "live on" through their progeny.
Flumpkins8 years ago
One time I was running and My hand hit a moth about 1/2 to 1 inch wide, it felt weird. I feel Ashamed. Anyway, those moths look amazing!
Goodhart (author)  Flumpkins8 years ago
Accidents happen, and you weren't deliberately trying to kill things "for fun" or anything. Don't be too hard on yourself... Thanks, I really wish I had had my camera with me at the time (but I was on my exercise walk, and had forgotten it).
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