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Subject: Wood moth from WA?
Location: Dongara, Western Australia
November 29, 2015 10:27 am
This moth was found resting on a wall in Dongara, Western Australia. I suspect it’s a wood moth of some kind – what do you think?
Signature: Nick S

Wood Moth

Wood Moth

Dear Nick,
This is most likely a Wood Moth in the family Cossidae that is well represented on Butterfly House, and based on the image of the adult posted to Butterfly House, it does look to us like Endoxyla leucomochla whose edible larva is called a Witchety Grub.  We would not rule out though that it might be a Ghost Moth in the family Hepialidae, also represented on Butterfly House.

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Subject: Mystery moths?
Location: Bathurst, NSW
November 21, 2015 9:45 pm
Hi there,
Any help identifying these? Found today in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia .
Many thanks
Signature: Mark

Mating Wood Moths

Mating Wood Moths

Dear Mark,
We believe these are mating Wood Moths in the family Cossidae, which are pictured on Butterfly House, and we also believe that they might be
Endoxyla mackeri, which is also pictured on Butterfly House and is listed as occurring in New South Wales.  According to the Australian Museum site:  “The larvae of some species of wood moths are better known as witchetty grubs and bore into smooth-barked eucalypt trees. As they grow, the tunnels left behind in the bark increase in width. They may spend up to one year within the tree before emerging as moths. The newly emerged, small caterpillars lower themselves to the ground on silky threads where they are thought to feed on plant roots. As adults they are unable to feed and only live for a few days. The heavy females lay about 20,000 tiny eggs before dying.”  We sometimes have trouble distinguishing Wood Moths from Ghost Moths in the family Hepialidae, and we would not rule out that possibility, and that family is also represented on Butterfly House.

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Subject: Saw this in my garden!!
Location: Crawley, West Sussex, uk RH11 9QD
July 3, 2015 10:23 am
Found this bug in the garden, never seen it before and would like to know what it is! I tried googlin but no luck so please help
Signature: Manuel da silva

Leopard Moth

Leopard Moth

Dear Manuel,
This is a Leopard Moth,
Zeuzera pyrina, one of the Wood Moths in the family Cossidae and you can verify our identification on UK Moths where it states:  “Distributed over the southern half of England and South Wales, associated with woodland, gardens and orchards.  The adults fly during June and July and the larvae feed on the wood of a variety of deciduous trees.  Though nocturnal in habits, the adults can sometimes be found resting conspicuously in the daytime.”

Well there you go, thanks a million for taking the time and replying to me, it’s greatly appreciated, have a good weekend and keep well

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Subject: WTB????
Location: Golfito, Costa Rica
May 10, 2015 5:02 PM
Thank you WTB. I had sent another request for identification months ago. I never received a response. I realize you receive many requests, therefore, I thank you for this one.
Daniel,
Here are the pics of this guy. You can’t really see, but the end of the wings (I think) came out like a trunk. Also, found in Golfito, Costa Rica. We get a lot of interesting critters here.
Thanks so much.
Signature: Golfito

Sphinx Moth

Carpenter Moth

Dear Golfito,
This looks like a Sphinx Moth in the family Sphingidae.  We do not recognize it and we will attempt an identification.
  We browsed through the individuals pictured on the Costa Rica page of the Sphingidae of the Americas, and though we could not locate a conclusive visual match, we believe this is a member of the tribe Dilophonotini.  We will contact Bill Oehlke to see if he can provide an identification.

Bill Oehlke provides a correction
Hi Daniel,
It is not one of the Sphingidae. Don’t know which family it is in.
Bill

Update:  Carpenter Moth
Both Lepidopterist Julian Donahue and Insetologia webmaster Cesar Crash informed us that this is a Carpenter Moth,
Langsdorfia franckii.

Now, how cool is that? Thank you Daniel, WTB and Bill Oehlke!
Isn’t he a handsome looking moth? I just the great bugs we have here. ☺
Sincerely,
Janny

Update:  December 17, 2015
Daniel,
I am so impressed with your desire to help a total bug novice .. how wonderful to be able to seek out the experts.
Thank you so much for the WTB identification. I will forward to all my bug loving friends.
Oh, do you think the photo is cool? I find it so interesting.

Sincerely,
Janny

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Subject: Ghost Moths
Location: Edenhope Caravan Park, Edenhope, Victoria
April 13, 2015 5:27 pm
Hi To You,
Just found about 28 Ghost Moths, which must have hatched over night.
Thought you might like some photos.
Signature: Ronda

Ghost Moth and pupal exuvia

Ghost Moth and pupal exuvia

Dear Ronda,
Your images are wonderful.  One of them appears to show the shed pupal skin or exuvia.  We will attempt a species identification for you when we have more time to browse through the images in the family Hepialidae on the Butterfly House site.  We have problems differentiating between Ghost Moths and Wood Moths in the family Cossidae which are also pictured on the Butterfly House site.

Ghost Moth

Ghost Moth

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Subject: moth??
Location: australia country victoria
January 26, 2015 6:55 pm
hi, im from victoria, australia. I heard flaping like a bird while sitting around a camp fire and found this the next morning on the ground.
is it a type of moth? it has some sort of a stinger though?
Signature: ?

Giant Wood Moth

Giant Wood Moth

We just finished posting an image of a Giant Wood Moth from Australia, and though your individual is a bit battered, we believe it is also a Giant Wood Moth.  What you have mistaken for a stinger is an ovipositor.  Caterpillars are wood borers.

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