Wild Florida Photo - Eacles imperialis

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Eacles imperialis

IMPERIAL MOTH

Florida native

 

A large moth found throughout Florida from April through October. The range extends throughout the eastern United States west as far as Iowa and Kansas to Texas and north into Ontario and Quebec.
The wings are yellow with highly variable orangish, pinkish or purplish-brown markings. The wingspan of the imperial moth can be from 8 - 17.4 cm (3 - 6-3/4 in.).
The habitat is mixed and broadleaf woods, and food plants include many trees.
These photos show an imperial moth trapped in the web of a golden-silk spider.

 
Eacles imperialis is a member of the Saturniidae - Giant silkworm moths family.
 

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For more information on this species, visit the following link:
Butterflies and Moths of North America page for this species

Date record last modified:
Oct 21, 2009









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