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Sunday, July 11, 2010

What is it?


This thing looked old and tired. It's wingspan was about three inches. The body was massive and rubbery looking. It was real, and it was alive, because when it noticed me taking its picture, it made a noise. I went back several hours later and it was still there.

Added: It's hard to tell from the picture, but those are over-sized bricks.


* What'sThatBug.com: Eacles imperialis, a/k/a Imperial Moth.

* Good stuff in Wikipedia.

* More good stuff at Butterflies and Moths of North America, including, "Wing span: 3 1/8 - 6 7/8 inches..."

Posted by Marie at July 11, 2010 8:52 PM


It's a big ol' moth, 's what it is. Usually the biggest ones have learned to live up high, away from the nasty tricksy humanssssss.

Posted by: ben Author Profile Page at July 12, 2010 12:05 AM

I don't think I've ever seen a moth that big, not to mention a yellow one. Our moths are usually about an inch wide and beige or gray.

Posted by: Marie Carnes Author Profile Page at July 12, 2010 12:22 AM

You know, if you hit that sucker with some radiation, it might turn into ... well, this.

Posted by: Dan Author Profile Page at July 12, 2010 1:26 AM

I believe it's actually called a "Giant Yellow Moth". I have them here, too, but they aren't the biggest ones. I have Luna moths and Hummingbird moths, too.

Posted by: Rob Author Profile Page at July 12, 2010 5:59 AM

Rob, we had luna moths out in the woods south of Chicago, too. I haven't seen one since I was a kid, but they seemed immense -- six inches across, maybe. Of course, their color and delicacy are also other-worldly.

Posted by: Dan Author Profile Page at July 12, 2010 5:07 PM

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