That’s what I said when a co-worker walked into work with this dead beauty in his hands. WOW….it’s HUGE…over 5 inches wide!
He found it, already expired, in the grass and because he knows I’m a nut for nature he let me keep it.
This imperial moth is really soft. The wings and body feel like suede. You can see individual little hairs on the body. I think this is a female because the images I found for males have larger brown patches on the wings.
There may be a puncture wound on its back. Perhaps a bird caught it, dropped it, and then had to leave the scene? Well, I can celebrate its life by painting it in my journal and learning as much as I can about the imperial moth.
Here is the photo. You can see the tattered wing and the black on the back is a tiny hole.
This big treasure from the sky will live on in watercolors.