Subject: Unidentified moth
Geographic location of the bug: Carrboro NC
Time: 04:59 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Hi all, love your website, and you always seem to find the answer! I found this rather bedraggled moth on a tree trunk. It was fairly large….like a Sphinx moth, but the head looks wrong for a Sphinx…and underwing of some sort? I couldn’t match it with any Sphinx that I knew.
How you want your letter signed: Mothra
We didn’t have high hopes for providing you with a species name, though we had confidence that this is an Underwing in the genus Catocala. We believe this BugGuide image of a Clouded Underwing, Catocala nebulosa, looks like it might be correct.