Life in the A-Frame

Life in the A-Frame

Friday, September 10, 2010

Identification and Admiration

The moth I found is definitely an Imperial Moth.Thank you Mom24! Here are a few stats:
Adult food: Adults do not feed.
Range: Maine west to eastern Nebraska, south to the Florida Keys and central Texas. Subspecies pini occurs across the northern Great Lakes basin and the northern third of Michigan's Lower Peninsula.
The Imperial Moth is perhaps the only example of such a creature as a character in a novel. Naturalist Gene Stratton Porter's "Girl Of The Limberlost" features imperialis prominently in the plot development, and her account of its life history in "Moths Of The Limberlost" (a chronicle of her discovery of lepidoptera in early 20th Century rural Indiana) captures not just the science but the charm of the giant silk moths and childhood discovery of nature

This pleases me so much because the book "Girl of the Limberlost" is one that my grandmother gave me to read as a child.  I love that book!

Wingspan: 3 1/2 -6 1/2 inches.
This one was definitely had a 6 inch wingspan.


Mom24 said...

gotta love google. :)

KathyB. said...

Wow, I never even dreamed such a beautiful and magnificent moth existed outside of science fiction, and here is one in a post of a blog friend, well done! You had a camera at the right time and the right place and we are the beneficiaries of your blessing!

CityMom2 said...

What a beautiful creature! Thanks for the insight. I've never thought of moths as beautiful.