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Imperial Moth (Eacles imperialis): new species on 80 acres [Aug. 25th, 2012|01:23 pm]
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This morning, husband spotted a very large, very handsome yellow and brown moth on the city-supplied black trash container, nestled into a depression that runs on the back side of it.   After looking into a couple of books (whose pictures showed this species with different markings--it's variable) I found it on BugGuide.net    There's not a record of it for this county, so I uploaded an image to Butterflies and Moths of North America, the big lepidoptera database.   The regional expert for our area will confirm or deny my ID (but it's pretty darned obvious, this moth) and then it will become a data point.



Here's a big image of it.   It's still where it was in the morning.   According to what I read, it probably emerged last night--shortly before dawn--and will fly tonight to mate.  I hope it finds another one and we see more of these around. 

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[User Picture]From: celticdragonfly
2012-08-25 06:44 pm (UTC)
So - what species is it? Curious minds want to know. (And it seems silly to be trying to hunt through the bug database when you've already done it)
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2012-08-25 06:52 pm (UTC)
Sorry--though the name is distinctive and a single Google will get you _Eacles imperialis_, I'll add it to the title.
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[User Picture]From: pickledginger
2012-08-25 08:35 pm (UTC)
That's a fascinating critter -- and it's neat to know about the website; I have a distant relative I'll report, if I ever catch it on camera.
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[User Picture]From: gifted
2012-08-26 12:28 am (UTC)
What gorgeous colours. I've seen similar moths here in Australia, but in browns.
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[User Picture]From: cailleuch
2012-08-26 03:54 am (UTC)
That is a real beauty.
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[User Picture]From: mrs_redboots
2012-08-26 10:45 am (UTC)
I so love butterflies and moths - they are a symbol of the Resurrection! And I have needed that so badly this year.
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[User Picture]From: villasholiday
2012-09-06 06:16 am (UTC)

Sometimes poisonous

My grandma used to warn me when I sometimes try to catch this kind of colorful moths in her garden. She said that most are poisonous enough that could make you blind with their dust caught in your eyes.
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