large yellow and brown moth
July 9, 2010
saw this on the sidewalk in downtown omaha. it was still alive although not interested in flying. i moved it off the sidewalk and when touched it would flip over. it also appears to have a hole in its head one side…maybe a parasite?
Your moth is a male Imperial Moth, Eacles imperialis, and it is a male moth based on the amount of purple/brown on the wings. The female is more yellow. Imperial Moths do not feed as adults, and they only live a few days, perhaps a week at most. Their sole purpose as adults is the perpetuation of the species, though they also provide food for many predators. Perhaps this moth was attacked by a bird and then abandoned.