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Imperial Moth

Eacles imperialis

Description:

Eacles imperialis is one of a few saturniid species in a regional decline throughout the northeastern US, with some New England states lacking records for many decades. A colony on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts has been the subject of scientific and local political activity, especially concerning preservation of sensitive frost-bottom oak/pine habitat. Reasons for decline are unclear, as is the true northern limits of nominate imperialis' range, due to possible confusion with subspecies pini in existing records. Imperialis is certainly a common species of middle-atlantic states, appalachia, the Ohio Valley and Deep South regions, and is associated with forest, rural and suburban habitat. It is possible that to the north, imperialis requires specific habitat and the increasing fragmentation of niches such as coastal or montane pine barrens is a factor. Wikipedia

Habitat:

Mountain Forest: Western NC

Notes:

Larvae feast on a variety of host plants including: Quercus (Oak) Acer (Maple) Liquidambar styraciflua (American Sweetgum) Sassafras albidum (Sassafras) Pinus (Pine)

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10 Comments

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

Congrats Claire, your spotting was featured in our Facebook quiz! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=...

ceherzog
ceherzog 8 years ago

wish I could send you one!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

You are so lucky!!! :)

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

Hehe, lucky you! :)

ceherzog
ceherzog 8 years ago

I had 3 males here last night! One was all over me...a wild guy.

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

Fabulous! I'm very jealous!

ceherzog
ceherzog 8 years ago

Thanks Carol, Gerardo & PalGuy!

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 8 years ago

I hope I find one someday. Wonderful!

ThePalGuy
ThePalGuy 8 years ago

Great photo. I have seen these before too.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Wow really beautiful :)

ceherzog
Spotted by
ceherzog

Rosman, North Carolina, USA

Spotted on Jul 25, 2012
Submitted on Jul 26, 2012

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