Tulip Tree Silkmoth

Subject: What kind of moth is this?
Location: Canton, GA
April 16, 2016 9:16 am
I opened my front door this morning to find this very large moth on the door. Could you give me any information regarding what type of moth he is, and perhaps what might have caused his wings to become so damaged.
Signature: Jennifer W

Tulip Tree Silkmoth
Tulip Tree Silkmoth

Dear Jennifer,
This is a Tulip Tree Silkmoth,
Callosamia angulifera, and your individual is a female based on the shape of her antennae.  Silkmoths do not eat as adults, and they live long enough to mate and lay eggs.  Your individual appears to have had an encounter with a bird or other predator, based on the ragged condition of her wings.

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