What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Big body little winged moth.
July 27, 2009
We found this bug on our front porch last night and we can not figure out what it is.
The Tuttle Family
Raleigh, NC

Imperial Moth newly metamorphosed

Imperial Moth newly metamorphosed

Dear Tuttle Family,
It appears that tobacco has stunted the growth of this Imperial Moth.  Seriously, this Imperial Moth has just emerged from its underground pupa.  The wings have not yet expanded.  That will take several hours and then your male, evidenced by more purple markings on wings, will be ready to take flight and search for a mate.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

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