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Subject: What bug is it?
Location: Sydney, Australia
December 1, 2016 3:20 am
Hi, recently after bringing in the washing a giant moth like bug rose out of my washing. I wish I had taken a photo. It looked nearly as big as my hand.. like a big mottley black/greyish moth type creature. It’s wings moved a bit and it walked around. It’s body was dark and very solid from what I saw. I was hoping for a few suggestions? To lead me in the right direction. I’ve never seen a bug like that my whole life. The picture I put with it was similar, but the one I saw was darker.
Signature: Tiana

Wood Moth, we believe

Wood Moth, we believe

Dear Tiana,
This is either a Ghost Moth in the family Hepialidae (see ButterflyHouse) or a Wood Moth in the family Cossidae (see ButterflyHouse) and we believe it looks like the Wood Moth
Endoxyla secta that is pictured on Butterfly House.  We did make the Giant Wood Moth our Bug of the Month for December.

 

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Subject: Moth
Location: Brisbane
November 30, 2016 3:46 am
Huge moth dog was trying to get. Was wondering what it is?
Signature: Shaun

Giant Wood Moth we believe

Giant Wood Moth we believe

Dear Shaun,
We believe this is a Giant Wood Moth in the family Cossidae, possibly Endoxyla macleayi which is pictured on Butterfly House, though there are other similar looking species in the same genus.  We would not rule out that it might be a Ghost Moth in the family Hepialidae, a very similar looking family that is well represented on Butterfly House, and we should also point out that other members of the family Cossidae are represented on Butterfly House.  We have difficulty distinguishing between the two families.  Caterpillars of Wood Moths are known as Witchety Grubs.  Because of your timely submission, we have selected this posting as our Bug of the Month for December 2016.

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Subject: Moth??
Location: Southern California
November 24, 2016 2:39 pm
My father showed me a picture of this insect. We think it is a moth but have been unable to determine what insect is this. We live in Southern California and the picture was taken in September on the border of Los Angeles and San Bernardino county. We see lots of interesting and familiar insects around here but we have never seen this one before or since.
Thank you!
Signature: Tracy O

Erythrina Borer

Erythrina Borer

Dear Tracy,
This distinctive moth is an Erythrina Borer,
Terastia meticulosalis, and according to BugGuide, it is a:  “Tropical species that ranges north to the US from Florida to California.”

Thank you so much for getting back to us so quickly. We are going to look further into this moth now that we have a name. We appreciate your help!!

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Subject: Black Witch Moth?
Location: Los Angeles, California
November 18, 2016 8:07 pm
I took a picture of what I think may be a Black Witch moth. It was resting on my patio screen door this afternoon. I have never seen a moth that large. Its wing span was about 4 inches tip to tip.
Signature: Pat K.

Black Witch

Black Witch

Dear Pat,
Congratulations on your Black Witch sighting, though we believe you may have underestimated its size. 

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Subject: Odd bodied filing insect
Location: Upstate New York
November 19, 2016 9:29 am
Hi,
I was out walking the dogs this morning, and on my way back in the front door I seen this little guy on the window. Being the curious person I am, I started surfing the Web trying to find an identifier that included this. We recently moved to upstate new York and have had some run ins with odd insects, can you help figure this one out for us?
Signature: Kricket

Possibly Morning Glory Plume Moth

Possibly Morning Glory Plume Moth

Dear Kricket,
This is a Plume Moth in the family Pterophoridae.  As you can see on BugGuide, there are “147 species in 26 genera in North America.”  It might be the Morning Glory Plume Moth,
Emmelina monodactyla, based on this BugGuide page.  Our readers frequently refer to Plume Moths as T-Bugs.

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Subject: Beautiful moth
Location: Northeastern Caribbean
November 15, 2016 6:52 pm
I think this is a moth just wondering the name
Signature: Daniel

Heiroglyphic Moth

Heiroglyphic Moth

Dear Daniel,
This pretty Owlet Moth is commonly called a Heiroglyphic Moth,
Diphthera festiva.  In addition to being found in the Caribbean, it is also found in the southeast portions of North America.

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