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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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Mating Imperial Moths (from our archive)

Mating Imperial Moths (from our archive)

Subject: Imperial moth
October 7, 2014 1:39 pm
Have 2 imperial moths on the ground in my backyard in the grass ,mateing, been ther all day ,how long does it take ?
Signature: Tom mickle

Mating might take several hours, but they have no time to waste as adults generally live only about a week.

They were at least 6 hours that I witnessed , and just as it got dark , they flew away, thanks for your information.

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Buck Moth

Subject: Colorful Moth
Location: Orange County, NY, USA
October 7, 2014 8:34 am
I spotted this moth while geocaching. This was on the Shawangunk Ridge in Orange County, NY near an abandoned lead mine on the 6th of October.
The exact location is:
N 41° 26.439 W 074° 34.758
UTM: 18T E 535144 N 4587760
WGS84 datum
Signature: M.Bahlam

Buck Moth

Buck Moth

Dear M. Bahlam,
This lovely moth is a Buck Moth,
Hemileuca maia, and they fly quite late in the year.  The common name Buck Moth refers to their presence during hunting season where they are frequently encountered in the woods.

Buck Moth

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Subject: Pretty moth?
Location: Memphis, Tn
October 7, 2014 2:57 pm
Hi Bugman,
Love your site. We found this guy on the porch and was wondering what kind of moth this was.
Thanks ,
Carol
Memphis, TN
Signature: Carol

Unknown Moth

Unknown Moth

Dear Carol,
We wish you had a dorsal view of this pretty moth as it is giving us some difficulty.  At first we thought it might be a Lappet Moth in the family Lasiocampidae, but we couldn’t find any matches on BugGuide.  Perhaps one of our readers can assist with the identification.

unknown Moth

unknown Moth

We wrote to Julian Donahue who promptly wrote back with the following identification.

Julian Donahue identifies Dot-Lined White
Right on with Lasiocampidae. It’s Artace cribrarius.
Because the wings are somewhat translucent, I suspect that the greenish tinge is an artifact of lighting or photography.
More photos and distribution map at: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=7683
Julian

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Subject: Clear Wing Coffee Bee Hawk Moth
Location: Australia
October 3, 2014 10:23 pm
Hi,
I have got a couple of shots of this moth feeding, a tricky creature to photograph, these photos taken the other afternoon in South West Queensland, Australia, I had never seen one of these before but have found it is a pest in South Africa.
Some info I have about this moth.
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Bombycoidea
Family: Sphingidae
Subfamily: Macroglossinae
Genus: Cephonodes
Species: hylas (Linnaeus, 1771)
Signature: Pat Lepinath

Coffee Bean Hawkmoth

Coffee Bean Hawkmoth

Hi Pat,
Thanks so much for submitting your images of a Coffee Bean Hawkmoth,
Cephonodes hylas.

Coffee Bean Hawkmoth

Coffee Bean Hawkmoth

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