Geometrid Moth, possibly Tulip Tree Beauty

Subject: Moth?
Location: Mobile Alabama
July 28, 2013 8:30 am
Spotted this early one morning, have not seen one like this before, is it a moth? The other picture of the very large hard shell bug was on the road in Murfreesboro Tennessee, I just about stepped on it as I was jogging. What is it bug man?
Signature: Rae Nichols

Is this a Tulip Tree Beauty???
Is this a Tulip Tree Beauty???

Hi Rae,
This is one of the Geometrid Moths, and we believe, though we are not certain, that it is a Tulip Tree Beauty,
Epimecis hortaria, based on photos posted to BugGuide which states:  “Adult: Large geometer. Scalloped outer margin on hindwing. Variable pattern. Typical pattern is whitish background with black zigzag lines. ”  The Beetle is a male Eastern Hercules Beetle, Dynastes tityus.

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