Automeris moths are among the
most spectacular insects of the rain forests and cloud forests.
They come in a seemingly endless variety of colors and shapes.
The dramatic eyespots on their hindwings are normally hidden,
folded under the forewings. When one of these moths is disturbed,
however, it tries to startle the disturbing animal by opening
its wings and flashing those brilliant "eyes".
If I were a little bird suddenly coming face to face with
giant eyes like these in the dark forest, I think I would
jump out of my skin!!!