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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August 03, 2010 jrudygordon Coffee County, Georgia, United States March 26, 2014 Details
April 16, 2002 Dr Bear Alexander County, North Carolina, United States March 12, 2014 Details
October 10, 2013 lfackler Duval County, Florida, United States March 12, 2014 Details
October 02, 2013 wcb1943 Banks County, Georgia, United States February 12, 2014 Details
July 25, 2013 julmast Elkhart County, Indiana, United States February 11, 2014 Details
October 11, 2013 mikand54 Haralson County, Georgia, United States February 05, 2014 Details
September 29, 2013 xls_170@comcast.net Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, United States January 29, 2014 Details
October 06, 2013 Recksie13 Montgomery County, Alabama, United States January 29, 2014 Details
October 09, 2013 Edge Of The Wind Autauga County, Alabama, United States January 29, 2014 Details
September 30, 2013 bhunroe Henrico County, Virginia, United States January 16, 2014 Details
September 02, 2013 bWHOur6 Lewis County, New York, United States December 31, 2013 Details
December 25, 2013 mjcompter2003 Charlotte County, Florida, United States December 26, 2013 Details
July 04, 2012 floater St Clair County, Illinois, United States December 16, 2013 Details
August 04, 2013 Rossalleni Scott County, Tennessee, United States November 27, 2013 Details
November 13, 2013 Dawn Michelle Alachua County, Florida, United States November 13, 2013 Details
November 08, 2013 geckoabc Orange County, Florida, United States November 08, 2013 Details
September 04, 2013 The Purple Squirrel Warrick County, Indiana, United States November 07, 2013 Details
August 27, 2013 CIGI Brunswick County, North Carolina, United States November 06, 2013 Details
November 06, 2013 nicolenfl Pinellas County, Florida, United States November 06, 2013 Details
September 17, 2013 pawgang Kent County, Delaware, United States November 03, 2013 Details
October 10, 2013 rhonda_ames Jefferson County, Pennsylvania, United States October 27, 2013 Details
September 07, 2013 couture.amy Clinton County, New York, United States October 26, 2013 Details
September 27, 2013 jennpetvet Gloucester County, New Jersey, United States October 23, 2013 Details
September 13, 2013 lugoffsherry Kershaw County, South Carolina, United States October 22, 2013 Details
September 13, 2013 jlhelton11 Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, United States October 21, 2013 Details
September 25, 2013 Suzanne.beckman Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, United States October 19, 2013 Details
September 21, 2013 jeniferjones Ocean County, New Jersey, United States October 15, 2013 Details
September 21, 2013 pitch Morris County, New Jersey, United States October 15, 2013 Details
October 13, 2013 prowl3r Escambia County, Florida, United States October 13, 2013 Details
October 12, 2013 brizzle143 Sarasota County, Florida, United States October 12, 2013 Details
October 12, 2013 Wendyandjmc North Carolina, United States October 12, 2013 Details
September 13, 2013 chrisnav Bexar County, Texas, United States October 12, 2013 Details
October 09, 2013 Cbcacj Fairfax County, Virginia, United States October 11, 2013 Details
August 08, 2013 arby56 Gaston County, North Carolina, United States October 11, 2013 Details
October 03, 2013 arby56 Gaston County, North Carolina, United States October 11, 2013 Details
October 04, 2013 phyrn Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, United States October 10, 2013 Details
October 04, 2013 Stuart Marcus Texas, Liberty County, United States October 08, 2013 Details
October 06, 2013 Cheri Pierce Lake County, Florida, United States October 06, 2013 Details
September 28, 2013 TDAMMANN Highlands County, Florida, United States October 05, 2013 Details
October 05, 2013 Pwkone Queen Annes County, Maryland, United States October 05, 2013 Details
October 01, 2013 aggiegalpal Texas, United States, Washington County October 01, 2013 Details
September 24, 2013 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States September 30, 2013 Details
September 28, 2013 julieannhavens Chatham County, Georgia, United States September 30, 2013 Details
September 28, 2013 Mng1326 Greenville County, South Carolina, United States September 30, 2013 Details
September 27, 2013 Doyle Hampton Pulaski County, Kentucky, United States September 29, 2013 Details
September 29, 2013 AnnRogers Durham County, North Carolina, United States September 29, 2013 Details
September 26, 2013 Mbeasley Patrick County, Virginia, United States September 28, 2013 Details
June 13, 2013 Shane Miller Beaver County, Pennsylvania, United States September 28, 2013 Details
September 27, 2013 mlh4406 Hardin County, Texas, United States September 28, 2013 Details
June 26, 2013 Shane Miller Beaver County, Pennsylvania, United States September 28, 2013 Details