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 31, 2015 MichaelWomack Lumpkin County, Georgia, United States June 11, 2016 Details
May 02, 2016 Audreyt324 Coweta County, Georgia, United States June 11, 2016 Details
June 04, 2016 4wildlife Lee County, Florida, United States June 11, 2016 Details
July 23, 2015 Aleasha Carrier Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States May 31, 2016 Details
March 09, 2016 Kate Klauer Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States May 28, 2016 Details
May 21, 2016 Larry Zicherman Pitt County, North Carolina, United States May 22, 2016 Details
September 19, 2015 amyschaich@yahoo.com Orange County, North Carolina, United States April 09, 2016 Details
August 09, 2015 AllenRatz Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States April 09, 2016 Details
July 28, 2015 JohnBoback Monongalia County, West Virginia, United States March 27, 2016 Details
July 12, 2008 franpope Morgan County, West Virginia, United States February 27, 2016 Details
July 19, 2015 this_kendra Tennessee, United States February 22, 2016 Details
July 19, 2015 AllenRatz Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States February 06, 2016 Details
October 17, 2015 johnfjarvis Columbia County, Georgia, United States January 01, 2016 Details
September 22, 2015 Didge4ever Camden County, Georgia, United States December 23, 2015 Details
October 04, 2015 Cagdrg Georgia, United States December 21, 2015 Details
August 30, 2014 Mancre Quebec, Canada December 05, 2015 Details
September 01, 2014 bethpotter Quebec, Canada December 05, 2015 Details
November 20, 2015 lostpineslife Bastrop County, Texas, United States November 23, 2015 Details
July 18, 2015 curtis.lehman Roanoke County, Virginia, United States November 12, 2015 Details
July 17, 2015 Ilona L. Dane County, Wisconsin, United States November 06, 2015 Details
July 14, 2015 Ilona L. Dane County, Wisconsin, United States November 06, 2015 Details
September 10, 2015 Labyrinthine Dane County, Wisconsin, United States October 31, 2015 Details
October 15, 2015 H P Sadler Louisa County, Virginia, United States October 17, 2015 Details
June 19, 2010 Joe Bartok Ontario, Canada October 15, 2015 Details
October 06, 2015 rileyrye_2004 Marion County, Florida, United States October 10, 2015 Details
October 09, 2015 KaraM Collier County, Florida, United States October 09, 2015 Details
September 01, 2015 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States October 01, 2015 Details
September 03, 2015 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States October 01, 2015 Details
October 01, 2015 Annet Wakulla County, Florida, United States October 01, 2015 Details
September 28, 2015 Bjkgrafx Boone County, Kentucky, United States September 28, 2015 Details
September 24, 2015 lowernaz Northampton County, Pennsylvania, United States September 25, 2015 Details
September 20, 2015 cabbott Fairfield County, Ohio, United States September 24, 2015 Details
September 06, 2015 Hassie5259 Wisconsin, United States September 22, 2015 Details
September 21, 2015 mbarchok Alachua County, Florida, United States September 21, 2015 Details
September 21, 2015 Rebecca Cooper New Castle County, Delaware, United States September 21, 2015 Details
September 21, 2015 rkinzley Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States September 21, 2015 Details
September 19, 2015 Kelly Whitelock Camden County, New Jersey, United States September 20, 2015 Details
September 17, 2015 Teeha10-2-1 Hancock County, Tennessee, United States September 19, 2015 Details
September 19, 2015 Jbogg Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States September 19, 2015 Details
September 16, 2015 Nikedas09 Prince William County, Virginia, United States September 17, 2015 Details
September 12, 2015 Fritz Dukes (Martha's Vineyard) County, Massachusetts, United States September 17, 2015 Details
September 15, 2015 Ziggy Pasco County, Florida, United States September 15, 2015 Details
September 15, 2015 Malthy Jefferson County, Alabama, United States September 15, 2015 Details
September 13, 2015 souperbre Hays County, Texas, United States September 14, 2015 Details
September 13, 2015 Clutz801 Northampton County, Pennsylvania, United States September 14, 2015 Details
September 11, 2015 smoolichen Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States September 14, 2015 Details
September 14, 2015 Egregan Charles County, Maryland, United States September 14, 2015 Details
September 11, 2015 beverlypearce Frederick County, Virginia, United States September 12, 2015 Details
September 11, 2015 Britt9117 Madison County, Illinois, United States September 11, 2015 Details
September 10, 2015 Dragonmom06 Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States September 10, 2015 Details