Image of the Day: Not a Leaf

With brown splotches artfully strewn against its bright yellow coloring, the striking imperial moth (Eacles imperialis) appears more leaf than Lepidoptera.

The Scientist Staff
Jul 26, 2017

Eacles imperialis in Yorkville, IllinoisBOB GRANTThe Scientist's senior editor, Bob Grant, almost stepped on this outstanding example of mimicry. While vivid and distinct, the darker markings on the imperial moth (Eacles imperialis) can serve as camouflage by making it look like a wilting leaf.