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what is this bug?
Fri, Jul 3, 2009 at 2:15 PM
these 2 bugs were discovered 3pm july 3rd on our maple tree. They are each about 4inches across. please help us identify!
Katharine Mead
ne ohio

Mating Imperial Moths

Mating Imperial Moths

Dear Katharine,
We are quite thrilled to post your photo of a pair of mating Imperial Moths.  Just yesterday we posted a photo of a single male.  Of your pair, the upper moth is the female.  Female Imperial Moths have mostly yellow wings while the male has more purple markings.

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