Female Imperial Moth

Subject: Imperial Moth
Location: Milford, Virginia
August 2, 2017 7:11 pm
I found this beautiful moth who was having a hard time staying in the air. I’ve been very careful with it, and my daughter has as well, not to touch his wings. Should I offer him anything to recoup before his relocation, and if so, what would that be?
Signature: Tiffany Poynor

Imperial Moth

Dear Tiffany,
This Imperial Moth looks to us like a female since her wings are mostly yellow.  Male Imperial Moths have more markings.  Often newly emerged Giant Silkmoths release some eggs prior to mating to enable them to fly better.  Imperial Moths do not eat or take any nourishment, so we would advise to you provide a sheltered location and let nature take its course.

You were so right. It laid an egg on her hand and started flying again. She’s been relocated to the barn. Thanks for the input.

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