|Polyphemus moth (Antheraea polyphemus) photographed resting on grass during daytime. Shortly after this photo was taken |
the moth moved its wings to an upright position. The underside does not show the eye spots, so resembles a dead leaf.
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All Saturniidae lack functional mouths and digestive systems. Instead, they live as winged adults for only 7-10 days. During this time the males seek out the females for mating. Each adult mates only one time. The females then lay a few eggs at a time to the underside of a leaf, in this way scattering 50-200 eggs across many sites.