When we went on vacation last May to Cloudland Canyon State Park, we stayed in a nearby cabin, and on our first evening, my son found this beautiful moth on the ground in the yard. The closest match we found to it in our butterfly app is a Glover’s Silk Moth, but it really didn’t seem quite right, so when I first posted this, I asked for help in identifying it. Two people did so. (Thanks so much!) Now we know it’s a Callosamia angulifera or Tulip-tree Silkmoth.
This little moth was almost dead when we found it, so we laid it in an open container for the night, and the next day, it was no longer moving at all. My son was very excited to add it to his collection of moths. (We never collect anything unless it’s already dead.) It’s a beautiful specimen!
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I found this on google: a tulip tree silkmoth? The range is right, and the markings are very similar. http://www.discoverlife.org/20/q?search=Callosamia+angulifera
You are exactly right, and I had someone on Twitter tell me the same thing. Thanks so much! I’m going to correct the blog post right now.