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There is a moth on the door.

At first we thought it was a bird, which may tell you something. It is bright, lemony yellow, and has a wingspan wider than my hand is long. Its body is unbelievably huge, thicker around than James's thumb, and at least two inches long (I held a ruler up the glass.) The feathery antennae are large and visible and it has large mesh eyes and frantically groping yellow squidgy bits.

It is fearfully enormous, larger than some of the little birds around here. I can't imagine a bat trying to eat it--even the big brown bats aren't very much larger than this is. It'd be like me trying to tackle a live goat with my teeth.

I am both fascinated and thoroughly grossed out.

Update: And thanks to level_head, we have an ID! It's an Imperial Moth! Woo! Go Imperial Moth!

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Intriguing, but no. This is a bright lemony yellow, and the more conventional moth shape.

Your friend webgodd_s sent me over here to ID your moth for you, but looks like I am too late to be of any use. Here's a few photos of a male imperial moth I caught a couple weeks ago, though:

imperial moth

do the hokey pokey

and you turn your moth around

That's what its all about.

*grin* But still, I appreciate the thought! And he's a nifty looking moth--I think mine must've been a female, it seemed a little bigger (although without knowing exactly how large your hands are, it's hard to say!)

And that icon...phew.

If you can remember if yours was rounder bodied (the females are round because they are storing eggs), if it had thin antennae compared to the male one in the photo (males have wider antennae to locate the pheromones of the females with), or if it had less brown on its wings (the females are more yellow), then you had a female. I know it is kind of hard to tell when you aren't looking at one anymore, though.

Here's a (dead) female that I was given a few years ago. She had already laid eggs and was dying when I got her:

female imperial moth

female imperial moth from behind

Note that at the time of the photo she does not have the same body size, considering she has dried out since then. She would have been wider.

Thanks for the help! : )

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