Geographic location of the bug: North Carolina
Time: 03:22 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: I see a lot of moths in rural NC but have yet to see one like this one and was curious as to what this moth is called.
How you want your letter signed: Angelique Sachak
There are many similar looking white Tiger Moths with black markings that are native to your region, especially those in the subtribe Spilosomina, which you can see on BugGuide, but the antennae and the coloration of the front legs on your individual leads us to believe this is a Fall Webworm Moth, Hyphantria cunea. According to BugGuide: “wings either all white (in northern and some southern individuals) or sparsely to heavily marked with dark grayish-brown to black spots (in many southern individuals); spots rectangular or wedge-shaped, arranged loosely in rows in basal half of wing, and in either a V-shape or more-or-less random arrangement in distal half; ventral side of prothorax and femur of foreleg with orange hairs; hindwing either all white or with one or two black spots.”