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