A fan of all things conifer, the 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 occurs in populations in cooler provinces and states. As its name suggests, the larvae feed on all sorts of pine trees as well as a few other evergreens. The yellow and purple adults are big enough to be seen even without such eccentric coloring. Small purple freckles cover the wings. Purple eyespots stand out on the yellow parts of the hindwings. The bottom of the forewings have a sleek contour while the hindwings are rounded. Look for them 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.