Giant orange striped fuzzy mutant moth creature!
Hello! I found this giant orange striped fuzzy moth creature at my work here in Pittsburgh PA near the airport runway. I have never seen something like this before, nor has anyone I work with… we are hoping you can help us identify this mutant moth! Thank you.
Despite sending us this photo in January, we suspect you encountered this Royal Walnut Moth or Royal Moth sometime in the spring. This is the adult form of the frightening but harmless Hickory Horned Devil. Both caterpillar and adult moth are quite striking and spectacular.