Hey bugman,
Have any idea what this is? My neighbor found it on her deck. It is about 3-4 inches long and just sitting there. So I took a picture and hope you can id it.
Liz in Louisville KY

Hi Liz,
In September, we get photos and letters about the Hickory Horned Devil, a very impressive caterpillar, but we have never gotten a photo of the adult moth, until now. Your Regal Moth is also known as a Royal Walnut Moth, Citheronia regalis. The caterpillar feeds on hickory, walnut, butternut, ash, sumac sweet gum and persimmon. It ranges throughout the eastern U.S. and Canada, but is most common in the South. Adults are short lived and do not feed.

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