Found this incredible Imperial Moth by my porch lights this morning! First time ever seeing this species!
This is a large North American moth in the family Saturniidae, the same family as other impressive moths like Luna or Promethea Moths. Adult moths, like this one, lack functional mouthparts, and do not eat during their short adulthood.
Imperial moth (Eacles imperialis), a Nearctic member of the family Saturniidae and subfamily Ceratocampinae. The wingspan of an adult is between 3 1⁄8 and 6 7⁄8 inches (80–175 mm). Imperial moths (their many regional morphs, subspecies, and sibling species) range from Mexico to Canada and from the Rocky Mountains to the Atlantic Coast.
It is easy to see why this is a perfect place for a kid who loves bugs! This is a little selection of insects we saw on our walk to check the mail today. Our budding entomologist was thrilled when a dragonfly hitched a ride on her. We also saw a hummingbird moth, imperial moth and a luna moth!