Elizabeth Melton Parsons


Imperial Moth


Imperial Moth

Imperial Moth (Eacles imperialis)

This lovely creature landed under my side light the other night. So of course I had to snap a photo. She (I believe it’s a she) is quite spectacular.

Why are moths attracted to artificial light? That seems to be a little mystery that may remain a mystery. Although there are quite a few theories. The most common being that moths use the light of the moon to navigate and artificial light confuses their flight pattern, so they fly around and around the light in confusion until they tire out. They then settle down to rest.

Want to know more about this and other theories? Go here: http://www.livescience.com/33156-moths-drawn-artificial-lights.html

And to learn more about the Imperial Moth go here: http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Eacles-imperialis


Author: Elizabeth Melton Parsons

I'm a novelist, poet, and artist. I love books, nature, art, and gardening. I'm a rock hound and there's a photo of me with a cool fossil rock on my about page, I take a lot of nature pictures. The background here is one of mine. Unfortunately I recently lost my wonderful husband, but I'm grateful to have the blessing of two beautiful sons. elizabethmeltonparsons.wordpress.com is © Elizabeth Melton Parsons 2007-2018. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Elizabeth Melton Parsons with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

15 thoughts on “Imperial Moth

  1. Hi Elizabeth 😀 I just popped round to say hello to you my friend. I’m glad I managed to read this post before it became too moth-eaten. Big hug. Ralph xox ❤


  2. What a beautiful butterfly. Thanks for your post. How’s the reading coming along?


  3. Great photo, Elizabeth! I can’t see a moth without thinking of The Silence of the Lambs. 🙂


  4. Thanks for following my blog. Liked the butterfly. I have a white Boxer named Lucy. I’ll bet Bernie is fun.


  5. Looks like it could hide in plain sight on a banana peal ! Beautiful


  6. wow – this is amazing and brings joy!!


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