No Ordinary Moth at Gribbin

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On May 23, a moth hatched from a cocoon that had been found and kept in Miss Irene Kamola’s classroom since the fall. However, this was no ordinary moth, what hatched was a moth named antheraea polyphemus, named after Polyphemus, the giant cyclops from Greek mythology who had a single large, round eye in the middle of his forehead. The antheraea polyphemus moth is a member of the family of giant silk moths. It can be found from Canada to Mexico, and for this past week it spent its days here in Glen Cove in one of the Gribbin classrooms. The children were very excited to make this discovery!