Imperial Moth

Imperial Moth
The Imperial Moth has a wingspan of 4.5-5.5 inches and is a fairly large silk moth found in the eastern half of the United States. It is nocturnal and can be found flying around streetlights and other brightly-lit areas during the summer. The Imperial Moth, the Luna Moth , and the Polyphemus Moth are in the group of moths known as the giant silk moths, both of which are in the Family Saturniidae. The larvae of the Imperial Moth feed on a variety of trees including: basswood, sycamore, elms, hickories, oaks, pines, sweetgum, walnuts, maples, and willow. In southwest Virginia, there is one brood per year.

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