A fresh male Regal moth came up from the ground on July 7, 2005.
A female Regal moth with 2 males in my cathouse, waiting for dark so they can form a pair and begin mating. Notice how much larger the female is.
Male (right) and female (left) mating. The female began dropping a few ova before the male found her with his claspers to mate. These ova are not fertile.
A cluster of ova, one larva out with "horns" inflated, one larva just hatching. It will take about 20 minutes to fully inflate his horns. The older larva on top just finished eating some of his egg.
4-5 weeks later the darker Hickory Horned Devil on top is ready to go underground for the winter. The other Devil is still eating Sumac and will turn this darker turquoise color before hitting ground
A regalis pupa in hand. The larva burrows underground and sheds his skin to form this pupa. It will overwinter underground until the next July. This pupa will spend 2 years underground. Some do.
This is the regalis female that started the whole thing. She landed on me one night back in July 2004 and began to lay eggs on me. Truely a beautiful moth and the neatest caterpillar there could be.
Regal Moth, late July, west KY, USA
Regal moth, late July, west KY, USA
Sure is a big one.
Regal Moth found on border of Bluefield Virginia-West Virginia on asphalt. 7/24/09 about 11am
Regal Moth great under wing shot.
Regal Moth under wing shot 2
Suzanne of the "Lonesome Pine Wildlife Habitat" with Regal Moth (Citheronia regalis) 7/24/2009
Regal Moth Bluefield, Va - Bluefield, West VA border 7/24/2009
Photographed in Conowingo, MD
Regal moth found in East Hampton, NY the afternoon of June 30, 2012.
Citheronia Regalis (Regal Moth) Photo taken in Thomasville, Alabama. 06-29-2013
Citheronia Regalis (Regal Moth) Photo taken in Thomasville, Alabama 06-29-2013
Found this moth at Penland School of Crafts, NC
Regal Moth, Mt. Magazine, Logan County AR. late July.