Dead or alive? And what is it? Can you address either question?
I know definitively the answer to the first question; as to the second one, I have only a guess, one I am investigating.
More photos and information are forthcoming.
[the larger versions of this picture are quite presentable and provide some clues as to the identity of this large and impressive critter; btw, I found it in this condition lying on the patio after I arrived home this evening; it was just outside the bedroom doors; my investigation promptly followed]
[Update] This is a female woolly gray moth (a.k.a. pine barrens lycia; Lycia ypsilon), and she was in fact alive—just stuck on her back.