Need An Entomologist. BIG MOTH content.

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  1. Mike SS

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    64602276_1341611475988669_6224232829740384256_n.jpg big moth.jpg Every once in a while, I see one of these extra large moths. Usually they are brown in color, but this one is quite vividly colored in yellow, white, and violet. It was laying in my driveway by my Jeep when my wife spotted it, and I originally thought it was a leaf of some sort. It climbed on to the tip of my finger when I placed my hand in front of it, and I placed it on a nearby shrub. I believe it is injured, as it made no attempt to fly off, and is still sitting on the shrub. It reacts a little when touched, but other than that it remains motionless. The damaged areas on the lower edges of it's wings makes me think it was attacked by a bird. Anyone know the species?
     
  2. Brad Pittiful

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    my search said...imperial moth

    the pics showed a smooth look all around...not the jagged look yours has...so like you said...its prolly injured
     
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    We get these around here.
    I think they’re called Wood Moths, but I’m not sure.
     
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    I got one:

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    Maybe you could soak some tissue paper in a watered down wood glue mix and drop it on the wings to repair it? If it cant fly something will probably be along soon to eat it.
     
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    20190715_130020.jpg Saw this recently next to a gas pump in Mobile. Thought it was a banana peel at first. Might make a paint scheme for a tele..
     
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    The Antigua burst of mothkind
     
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    Genuinely funny.

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    Big Moth strikes again..;)
     
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    https://c8.alamy.com/compfr/dxjhje/godzilla-vs-the-thing-MIJ-1964-toho-attaques-godzill-mothra-dxjhje.jpg
     
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    You and your big moth!
     
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    There’s a really big moth that I first saw in the Bahamas; there they call them moneybats, lore is that if one lands on you, you’re coming into money. 6”or 7” wingspan on large specimens.

    I just looked ‘em up and found that they have more sinister connotations in other areas, being known as the black witch moth. I’ll stick with the Bahamas version...

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    Maybe it is just asleep. Moths sleep during the day and fly at night. Ive seen butterflies that look more ragged than that and they were flying fine. They can get ragged looking in old age from wind and abrasive bushes
     
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    This one wasn't very large, but I thought it had a pretty cool space-alien look:

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    I was quality control at Vlasic pickles. We d get beautiful Gypsy moths in the pickle brine that was above the barrel top. They must have liked the salt or maybe the smell of the decomposing fruit. BTW don't ever eat relish.
     
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    Uncle of mine was a professor in etymology and did quite a bit of research on the North American cecropia moth, which have wingspans of 5-7 inches across. A couple of years when I was ten or so, he'd give us a few of the pupa to 'hatch out' into the moths where we'd release them.

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    nice!
     
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    Wow, I have never seen such large moths. Are they only east of the divide?
     
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    A lot of moths have an extremely short lifespan so just let it die.

    Quite a few of them do not have a mouth and can't eat after they come out of the cocoon. Their mission when they come out of the cocoon is mate & die before they burn off their energy reserve.

    No idea about this one of course.

    edit: The Imperial Moth does not feed as an adult and dies quickly..
     
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