New York Natural Heritage Program
Imperial Moth
Eacles imperialis imperialis (Drury, 1773)
Insects
Eacles imperialis (Imperial Moth) Jim Vargo
Family: Giant Silkworm and Royal Moths (Saturniidae)

State Protection: Not Listed
The species is not listed or protected by New York State.

Federal Protection: Not Listed

State Rarity Rank: SU
A State Rarity Rank of SU means: Unrankable.

Global Rarity Rank: G5T5
A Global Rarity Rank of G5T5 means: Secure globally - Both the species as a whole and the subspecies/variety are common in the world; widespread and abundant (but may be rare in some parts of its range).


Did you know?
There are two Imperial Moth subspecies: Eacles imperialis pini and Eacles imperialis imperialis. The pini subspecies feeds exclusively on pines, while the imperialis subspecies feeds on several different tree species.

State Ranking Justification [-]
Additional surveys are needed before assigning a state rank. As of 2012, there are five extant occurrences in New York State. Occurrences are known to be in the northern portion of the state and on Long Island, but not in between.

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