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Subject: Bird Dropping Moth?
Location: Coryell County, Texas
October 23, 2014 9:39 pm
Hello, I spotted this moth near the garage when I returned home today. It was clinging to the Malvaviscus arboreus for hours. I haven’t had any luck in finding its genus or species. I’m guessing that it’s a Bird Dropping Moth, for obvious reasons. :-D
Thank you!
Signature: Ellen



Hi Ellen,
Your moth does resemble bird droppings.  There is a moth that is commonly called a Bird Dropping Moth and our readers frequently write in that Wood Nymphs in the genus
Eudryas resemble bird droppings, but neither is your moth which is in the genus Tolype and has no common name.  Seems looking like bird droppings is a good way to protect against getting eaten.

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Subject: Beautiful bug
Location: north calgary Alberta Canada
October 23, 2014 8:54 pm
i live in calgary Alberta and in July some friends were camping and saw this bug. Any idea what it is?
Signature: jaynerama

Elegant Sheep Moth freshly eclosed

Elegant Sheep Moth freshly eclosed

Dear jaynerama,
This Elegant Sheep Moth,
Hemileuca eglanterina, has just emerged from an underground pupal state.  Here is a matching image from BugGuide.  The Elegant Sheep Moth is even more beautiful after its wings fully expand, enabling it to fly.

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Subject: I can’t identify this bug.
Location: Palm Bay, Florida. (Central Florida)
October 22, 2014 10:14 am
Alright so I came home and outside on the wall of my house was this bug which at first I thought was a beetle, but now I’m not sure. The colors are more vibrant than shown in the picture. It has a red dot on its head and wings with black lines running down them.
Hopefully you can identify it. Its driving me crazy.
Thanks for the help.
Signature: Not sure I understand this question. Whatever way is best for you.

Hieroglyphic Moth

Hieroglyphic Moth

This distinctive moth is aptly named a Hieroglyphic Moth, Diphthera festiva, and you can verifiy our identification on BugGuide.

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Indian Meal Moth

Indian Meal Moth

Subject: What kind of moths are these?
Location: Queens, NY
October 20, 2014 12:02 pm
My girlfriend has been finding a bunch of these (what I believe to be) moths in her bedroom; one night, she encountered 10. To me, they resemble Indian Meal Moths. We typically find these at night, but that might just be a coincidence as we’re at work during the day.
We’ve never seen them flying around; whenever we turn on the lights, they just don’t move.
The door to the bedroom is right next to the entrance to the kitchen, which led me to believe that they were Indian Meal Moths, but there are no moths in the kitchen.
Thank you very much for your time and I look forward to your response.
Signature: AG

Dear AG,
Clean out the pantry, paying especial attention to grain products and nuts.  You have Indian Meal Moths and the Caterpillars are eating your stored dry goods.

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Clearwing Moth

Clearwing Moth

Subject: Unknown Wasp
Location: Brazoria County, Tx
October 14, 2014 10:03 pm
I took this photo on Oct. 13, 2014 while birding at San Bernard Wildlife Rufuge near Lake Jackson, TX on the Texas Gulf Coast. It was on a plant in a butter fly garden. Can you identify it for me?
Signature: Joe & Jane

Dear Joe & Jane,
Though it is a very effective wasp mimic, this is actually a Clearwing Moth in the family Sesiidae which has many members that benefit from looking and acting like wasps.  We need to rush off right now, so we can’t take the time to research the species, but you can try browsing the family on BugGuide to see if you can find a match.  Please let us know if you find something close.

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Tent Caterpillar Moth

Tent Caterpillar Moth

Subject: Moth
Location: Northwestern NM
October 8, 2014 11:05 am
Saw a lot of these at a gas station, folded like little tents until I rousted one for a picture.
Signature: Brent

Hi Brent,
In our opinion, this looks like one of the Tent Caterpillar Moths in the genus
Malacosoma, and there are several species pictured on BugGuide.  The only doubt is that BugGuide indicates:  “adults in late spring and early summer.”

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