Subject: Lucky Nighttime find an Imperial!
Location: Near St. Louis, MO
August 9, 2017 11:09 pm
I found this beautiful female Imperial Moth. Absolutely stunning! She was having a hard time flying and was battering herself against a corner. I quickly scooped her up (got a few quick photos) and released her into our wooded area out back. I was even lucky enough to observe her warming up her wings! My question is…what is the large spot on the top of her head? It appeared to have less hair than the rest of her body.
The tattered wings on your female Imperial Moth indicates she has probably neared the end of her very short life. The hairlike scales on her thorax have worn away which is revealing the exoskeleton, and that is the “spot” you noticed. Because of your kindness, we are tagging your submission with the Bug Humanitarian Award.