Native Moth on Display

close up of a caterpillar with brown and yellow markings on a green background

This month we’re featuring an Iowa native—the Imperial Moth (Eacles imperialis). The Imperial Moth is noted for having different variations.

Adult moths, for example, are always yellow and purple, but some have far more purple and some have far more yellow. Even in the larval stage, the same species can appear quite different with some being black and orange and others being green-yellow.

Come learn more about this fascinating moth, in the larval form in our butterfly emergence cases, and in a few months, the adult form flying about the Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing.

Prepared by Nathan Brockman, Curator of the Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing