A fan of all things conifer, the purple and yellow Pine Imperial Moth is found in only in the northern and eastern parts of North America.
A subspecies of the grand Imperial Moth, the Pine Imperial Moth establishes populations in cooler provinces and states. Adults are big enough to cover the palm of a hand. The rosy purple splotches on the yellow moth look like birthmarks. Small purple freckles cover the wings. Purple eyespots peek out from the hindwings. The bottom of the forewings have a sleek contour while the hindwings are rounded. The larvae feed on all sorts of pine trees as well as a few other evergreens, so look for Pine Imperial Moths all summer long near pine groves by the coast, in higher elevations, or even near developed neighborhoods.
Scientific Name: Eacles imperialis pini
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 42mm to 54mm (1.64in to 2.11in)
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Butterfly and Moth Anatomy
Antennae: Butterflies and Moths have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and proboscis.
Thorax: Home to the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
Abdomen: Contains vital internal organs such as the heart(s) and reproduction facilities.
Forewing: The upper, forward wing pair used for flying.
Hindwing: The lower, rearward wing pair used for flying.
NOTE: Butterflies and Moths are part of the Lepidopteran order as they share many similarities.