Royal Walnut Moth

Large Red/Orange & white striped moth or butterfly?
Location: Conover, NC Jack-in-the-Box
August 13, 2011 2:13 am
I have spent hours looking to identify this big guy. I came out the door, saw him & was mesmerized (I love moths & butterflies). He stayed still long enough for me to measure & photograph him. His body length was approx. 3 1/4” long. His wings were partially closed, but I guess up to 5”. Can you help me identify him, please? Thank you for any help you can provide.
Signature: Ginger in NC

Royal Walnut Moth

Hi GInger,
This is a Regal Moth or Royal Walnut Moth.  The Caterpillar is called a Hickory Horned Devil.

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