Imperial Moth, Eacles imperialis, Unfurling its Wings

Las Cuevas Research Station, Chiquibul Forest, Belize. Photo by Dr. Aimée Thomas. May 25, 2019.
Las Cuevas Research Station, Chiquibul Forest, Belize. Photo by Dr. Phil Bucolo. May 25, 2019.
Las Cuevas Research Station, Chiquibul Forest, Belize. Photo by Dr. Bob Thomas. May 25, 2019.
Las Cuevas Research Station, Chiquibul Forest, Belize. Photo by Dr. Aimée Thomas. May 25, 2019.

We found quite a number of Imperial Moths the evening of May 25th. Many were fully metamorphosed and fluttering about in vegetation or sitting near lights on the research station. Presumably, they spend their pupation period underground as the species does in North America. Always a large and lovely moth to find!

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