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Subject: Funky Moth
Location: Beacon, NY
July 21, 2016 10:49 pm
I saw this funky looking moth in the Mid Hudson Valley, NY. He was spotted clinging to the side of my car on a warm July night. He was very resistant to move, so we gently relocated him into a plant. Any idea what kind of moth this is?
Signature: Kimberly E.

Blinded Sphinx

Blinded Sphinx

Dear Kimberly,
This striking moth is a Blinded Sphinx, a species that ranges across continental North America.

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Subject: Black and orange flying bug
Location: Brooklyn, NY 11226
July 20, 2016 9:54 am
Hi Bugman,
There is a kind of flying bug around our yard in Brooklyn that appears regularly, freaking out our little 6 year old and his friends because they think it is a wasp. From the photo I took I see it is not a wasp but a black fly I think with an orange band around it’s thorax. I would like to know what it is and if it might bother the kids. 😊 Thanks!
Signature: Curiously yours, Kathleen Boyer

Female Peach Tree Borer

Female Peach Tree Borer

Dear Kathleen,
You and your son are both wrong.  This is a female Peach Tree Borer,
Synanthedon exitiosa, a species of moth that exhibits pronounced sexual dimorphism, though both male and female Peach Tree Borers are wasp mimics which probably affords them significant protection from predators.  Since they are moths, Peach Tree Borers are harmless and pose no threat to your kids, but they might be compromising the health of your peach trees. 

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Subject: Daisy Bug
Location: ARKANSAS
July 19, 2016 8:01 am
Can you identify this cute little guy- it looks like he has daisies on his back…
Signature: just curious

Ailanthus Webworm Moth

Ailanthus Webworm Moth

This pretty little Ermine Moth is an Ailanthus Webworm Moth.

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Subject: Anyone know what this is?
Location: Astoria, Queens
July 18, 2016 9:30 pm
Hi! Saw this on a wall in NYC… Never seen anything like it… Thanks!
Signature: Ben

Ailanthus Webworm Moth

Ailanthus Webworm Moth

Dear Ben,
This pretty little Ermine Moth is commonly called an Ailanthus Webworm Moth.

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Subject: Wasp like moth
Location: Plano Tx, north of Dallas
July 17, 2016 12:40 pm
I’m sure this is a moth, but wondering what kind. I found it motionless in some ivy treebine.
Signature: Steve

Clearwing Moth: Vitacea admiranda

Clearwing Moth: Vitacea admiranda

Dear Steve,
Your suspicions that this is a moth are correct.  It is one of the wasp-mimic Clearwing Moths in the family Sesiidae.  We believe we have correctly identified it as
Vitacea admiranda thanks to images posted to BugGuide where it states:  “Adult – resembles Polistes paper wasps” and “Larval hosts are likely grapes (Vitaceae). Knudson & Bordelon observed the adults in association with mustang grape (Vitis mustangensis).”  BugGuide also indicates:  “This species was practically unknown before synthetic pheromones, only three specimens in major collections for the first 100 years. It is now known throughout Texas, and is exquisitely sensitive to pheromone residues on skin or clothing.”  We verified that identification on the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Fauna Project.

Thank you Daniel, this is great information, I really do appreciate it.

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Subject: Moth
Location: South-central NH
July 16, 2016 9:09 am
Hi, I live in Southern New Hampshire and found a very unusual bug (I believe a moth who had lost parts of it’s wings) on the head board of my bed the other night. I love to have it identified. I gently tapped it with a piece of paper, and it fell to the floor. When I’d returned to the spot a couple of minutes later, it was gone. It had a medium brown, fuzzy body and a large lime green marking on each side of its body.
Signature: Kathleen

Spiny Oak Slug Moth

Spiny Oak Slug Moth

Dear Kathleen,
This is a Spiny Oak Slug Moth,
Euclea delphinii, a species that according to BugGuide:  “adults are nocturnal and come to light.”  The Spiny Oak Slug Moth caterpillar should be handled with extreme caution as it is one of the stinging caterpillars that could cause a significant reaction in sensitive people.

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