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Image by Joseph Scheer
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Plump-bodied io moths, wingspan 2 to 3.1 inches (5 to 7.8 centimeters), bet their lives on surprise. At rest this female Automeris io covers the circular spots on her hindwings with her mottled brown forewings. When disturbed, she pulls her forewings up, rapidly flashing what look like two big mammalian eyes at her startled attacker. Score: moth 1, hungry bird 0.