Ceratocampinae), meaning it is related to the Imperial Moth; however, this is one of the smallest species in the Royal Moths, meaning it often gets overlooked. This moth inhabits deciduous forests across the state and flies from April to September (two broods).
records from December in Ohio). Whenever I go over a species on my blog, I always like to give some cool natural history facts about the species. The problem with many insects, especially moths, is that we often don't know much of anything about their natural history. There are so many species (3,000+ species of moths in Ohio alone) in this region that it's hard for scientists to know even basic facts about most of them. This is one of those species where information is lacking.
Eacles imperialis. This species stands out not only for its colors, but also for its size, with wingspans reaching from 3-7 inches. If you want to learn more about the Imperial Moth, check out my previous post on it!
Hopefully you're leaving this post with a little more interest in moths. Looking for and identifying moths is a fun, and challenging, hobby to get in to. Not only can identification be challenging, but there's so many species in Ohio that you will almost always see a new species every time you go out! Thanks for reading!