Attributes of Eacles imperialis

Imperial moth
Eacles imperialis (Drury, 1773)

Family: Saturniidae
Subfamily: Ceratocampinae
Identification: Females are larger than males. Upperside is yellow with pinkish brown to purple-brown patches, bands, and cell spots, and tiny brown spots scattered overall. Males have larger patches on the forewings than females, except for some subspecies pini males which have reduced purple and are mostly yellow.
Wing Span: 3 1/8 - 6 7/8 inches (8 - 17.4 cm).
Life History: Adults emerge before sunrise and mate after midnight the next day. Females lay eggs at dusk singly or in groups of 2-5 on both surfaces of host plant leaves. The eggs hatch in about 2 weeks, and the caterpillars are solitary feeders. Pupation takes place in underground burrows.
Flight: One brood; in the north from June-August, in the south from April-October.
Caterpillar Hosts: Conifers and deciduous trees and shrubs including pine (Pinus), oak (Quercus), box elder (Acer negundo), maples (Acer), sweet gum (Liquidambar styraciflua), and sassafras (Sassafras albidum). Confirmed feeding on Norway spruce (see record 738773). Subspecies pini feeds only on conifers.
Adult Food: Adults do not feed.
Habitat: Deciduous and evergreen forests.
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.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Taxonomy Notes:

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July 11, 2014 vangundyamyjo Fairfield County, Ohio, United States November 26, 2014 Details
September 16, 2014 hailblue Anderson County, South Carolina, United States November 21, 2014 Details
October 09, 2014 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States November 18, 2014 Details
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September 30, 2014 Mizhicks Pulaski County, Arkansas, United States November 17, 2014 Details
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September 19, 2014 pillerpg Ohio, United States September 29, 2014 Details
September 28, 2014 psilbermann Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States September 29, 2014 Details
September 23, 2014 routledge_SaultCollege Ontario, Canada September 28, 2014 Details
September 26, 2014 cmintel Gloucester County, New Jersey, United States September 27, 2014 Details
September 18, 2014 Militant Duck Waukesha County, Wisconsin, United States September 25, 2014 Details
September 25, 2014 J. Skuba Porter County, Indiana, United States September 25, 2014 Details
September 25, 2014 hodgese Texas, United States, Williamson County September 25, 2014 Details
August 26, 2014 Terry W. Johnson Georgia, Talbot County, United States September 24, 2014 Details
September 05, 2014 CeciliaM Chatham County, Georgia, United States September 24, 2014 Details
September 23, 2014 Kathy Long New Hanover County, North Carolina, United States September 24, 2014 Details
September 23, 2014 rwcarmody Howard County, Maryland, United States September 24, 2014 Details
September 23, 2014 pdhahn Galveston County, Texas, United States September 23, 2014 Details
September 22, 2014 iinv003 Union County, North Carolina, United States September 22, 2014 Details
September 22, 2014 mcm1951 Brazoria County, Texas, United States September 22, 2014 Details
September 20, 2014 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States September 20, 2014 Details
September 08, 2014 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States September 18, 2014 Details
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September 17, 2014 snowilliwaw Fayette County, Pennsylvania, United States September 18, 2014 Details
September 17, 2014 samsidsof Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States September 17, 2014 Details
September 16, 2014 Mela Burlington County, New Jersey, United States September 17, 2014 Details
September 16, 2014 loveazoo Stark County, Ohio, United States September 16, 2014 Details
September 14, 2014 knauba York County, Pennsylvania, United States September 15, 2014 Details
September 14, 2014 richie65x Ohio, United States September 15, 2014 Details
September 12, 2014 K Stilwell Russell County, Virginia, United States September 15, 2014 Details
September 12, 2014 jrbaker40 York County, Pennsylvania, United States September 12, 2014 Details
September 09, 2014 Tmpleier Volusia County, Florida, United States September 10, 2014 Details
September 07, 2014 naprice North Carolina, United States September 10, 2014 Details
September 09, 2014 Tmaccabe Lexington County, South Carolina, United States September 09, 2014 Details
September 07, 2014 Gkucera143 Cook County, Illinois, United States September 09, 2014 Details
September 03, 2014 DrewK Miami County, Ohio, United States September 06, 2014 Details
September 04, 2014 Tatiana Staats Sarasota County, Florida, United States September 05, 2014 Details
September 05, 2014 GGermon Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States September 05, 2014 Details
September 03, 2014 akobiec Washington County, Maryland, United States September 04, 2014 Details
September 03, 2014 mdm10099 Liberty County, Georgia, United States September 03, 2014 Details
July 30, 2014 Fertygirl Charles County, Maryland, United States September 03, 2014 Details
June 18, 2005 neilds37 Louisa County, Iowa, United States September 02, 2014 Details
August 28, 2014 kalakakane Vernon Parish, Louisiana, United States August 31, 2014 Details
August 28, 2014 Jan Hunter St Joseph County, Indiana, United States August 30, 2014 Details
August 24, 2014 H. Hooper Leon County, Florida, United States August 28, 2014 Details
August 23, 2014 Dave McKenna Ontario, Canada August 27, 2014 Details
August 26, 2014 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States August 26, 2014 Details
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