My “Io Moth” (Automeris io) is a 10″ x 10″ painting on gallery canvas and is framed in a black float frame. Last year I saw this male Io Moth (pronounced Eye-oh) on the walkway out front of our home. The female has a reddish brown colouring but I’ve never seen one. Both the males and females have large eye spots on their hind wings, a defence mechanism to deter predators. The adults live 1-2 weeks and are purely nocturnal. The wing span is from 2.5″ to 3.5″. It’s truly a stunning and eye-catching moth. I was fortunate to see a male on two occasions. The caterpillar of this moth is green with spiny projections and is poisonous to the touch. I was inspired to paint this beautiful insect as a precursor to a painting I have planned of butterflies and dragon flies. I’ve seen so many butterflies lately as this is the time for many of them to emerge. Birds and Animals Gallery