Imperial Moth (Eacles imperialis tucumana) - Pailon, Bolivia

Jason Weigner

Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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I found this beautiful Imperial Moth by my house near Pailon, Bolivia.

Imperial Moths are part of the family Saturniidae known as Saturnids or Giant Silkmoths. Many rival butterflies in size and beauty but are less commonly seen since they are only active at night and adults only live long enough to find a mate and lay eggs. You will not see these moths in your flower garden since the adults do not eat. Females often will not fly at all until after they have mated and they are very clumsy fliers at that. Females emit pheromones to attract a male who may fly several miles in one night following her sent. Saturnids are most commonly encountered at lights at night and include the more well known Luna moth and Atlas moth.

Nikon D80
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F5.3
ISO 200
No Flash

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