What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Large yellow moth with black spots with white strike in center, ringed black and red center wings
Location: Bluemont Va
June 18, 2011 9:33 pm
I found this in my lampshade my house in northern Virginia at about 1000 ft elevation in semi forested area. Please help identify. thanks
Signature: Susan Holloran

Male Io Moth

Hi Susan,
This is a male Io Moth
, Automeris io, a species of Giant Silkmoth with distinct sexual dimorphism, meaning males and females look different from one another.  The upper wings of the female are a warm brown color rather than the yellow of the male.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Virginia
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