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First ever sighting of this majestic creature

Jul Sat 27, 2019 1:22 pm

I didn’t know what I was seeing when this gorgeous critter was hopping and flopping on a dealerships back lot road. Went to see what it was and if I could lend a hand and met my first ever Imperial Moth. Needed the biologist GF to identify the species but needed no help knowing I was in the presence of something special. I carefully moved him (too small for a female I was told) to an area where he wouldn’t get run over and spent probably 20 minutes making sure he was moving off in the right direction. Not quite sure why the experience moved me and made my day :)

Forgot to crop the last pic, click on for a close up head shot
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Jul Sat 27, 2019 1:44 pm

Big mfer!

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Jul Sat 27, 2019 2:02 pm

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Re: First ever sighting of this majestic creature

Jul Sat 27, 2019 8:25 pm

cool encounter

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Jul Sat 27, 2019 9:41 pm

That is WAY COOL! I've never seen one either. Curious to see what the catepillar stage looks like. Thanks for posting the pics!

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Jul Sun 28, 2019 9:35 am

Big one, hard to imagine that being able to get off the ground.

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Jul Sun 28, 2019 10:31 am

Nature kicks ass

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Jul Sun 28, 2019 11:03 am

Woohoodude11 wrote:.


Lmao! That’s our families favorite cartoon line. You’ll occasionally hear one of us pick Tyson up and scream that out

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Jul Sun 28, 2019 11:04 am

jmdog2003 wrote:Nature kicks ass


Could not have said it better

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Jul Sun 28, 2019 11:50 am

Have that biologist i.d. this bug. Bigger than a cicada with evil chompers on its face. Last year there was one on my tent longer than a beer can.

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Re: First ever sighting of this majestic creature

Jul Sun 28, 2019 11:55 am

Aux Pleins wrote:Have that biologist i.d. this bug. Bigger than a cicada with evil chompers on its face. Last year there was one on my tent longer than a beer can.

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Looks like a Dobsonfly, what Hellgramites turn into!

In case you were worried about the bite, here's their southern cousin :lol:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cEHxXEFXgo

Re: First ever sighting of this majestic creature

Jul Sun 28, 2019 7:26 pm

Well that's most definitely it then, thanks woo.

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Jul Mon 29, 2019 8:07 am

I used to see those a lot when I was a kid, the caterpillar's are friggin huge.

A couple years ago was the first one I had seen around in 20+ years. If I recall, the adults have a fairly short lifespan and don't even eat.

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Jul Tue 30, 2019 2:33 am

Lip_Yanker wrote:I used to see those a lot when I was a kid, the caterpillar's are friggin huge.

A couple years ago was the first one I had seen around in 20+ years. If I recall, the adults have a fairly short lifespan and don't even eat.


Yeah my girlfriend said they don’t eat. They mate they die. Kinda sad. Maybe they’re on the comeback with all the prairie restoration projects going on.

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Jul Wed 31, 2019 10:07 am

CBatt2 wrote:Curious to see what the catepillar stage looks like.

There's your answer lol.
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Re: First ever sighting of this majestic creature

Aug Thu 01, 2019 1:37 am

Woohoodude11 wrote:
CBatt2 wrote:Curious to see what the catepillar stage looks like.

There's your answer lol.


HE'S SO FLUFFY!!
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