What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

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?
omaha, ne

Imperial Moth

Dear Miles,
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.

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One Response to Imperial Moth

  1. Alex g says:

    I caught a female a minute ago, it let me catch it but it started vibrating(for body heat?) and took off, cool moth, really fuzzy.

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