After we got home, I did some research to find that it is an Imperial Moth. I was so surprised. Growing up (and still today) one of my favorite books was A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter. The story is all about a girl growing up in Indiana. A large part of the book centers around the main character's search for a pair of Imperial moths. So I feel like now I've seen a part of my childhood in real life.
Some info about the Imperial moth:
- Adults live for only a day and do not feed.
- Pupation occurs underground.
- Wingspan of 3 1/8 inches to 6 7/8 inches.
- They can be found from western Maine to Nebraska, and south to Texas and the Keys.