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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.

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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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What’s This Moth?
Location:  Melbourne, Australia
January 26, 2015
Hi, this landed on my daughter in a nursery in Melbourne today. the lady in the shop said it has been hanging around. My friend thought it could be a Giant Wood Moth after googling and trying to match the pic and finding your page, but we weren’t sure, so I thought i’d ask.  This was the moth- it was at the nursery in Plenty in  Melbourne, they said it’s been hanging around and keeps coming inside. if you need to crop the pic and take my daughter out of the shot thats ok- it was just the shot of facebook with my daughter it had landed on.
thanks Donna

Giant Wood Moth

Giant Wood Moth

Hi Donna,
Thanks for resending the image.  We agree that this is a Giant Wood Moth,
Endoxyla cinereus.

Thanks. Now just wondering what its doing cin melbourne.

While Melbourne, Victoria is not included in the range map on Csiro, it is because no sightings have been reported or verified.  Perhaps the range is expanding south due to global warming.

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Subject: Large grey moth
Location: Gawler, SA
December 13, 2014 1:06 pm
Hi,
I found this large grey moth sitting on the platform of a train station near Adelaide. I thought it was the giant wood moth but according to what I read this does not occur in South Australia?
Thanks,
Signature: Anne-Marie

Giant Wood Moth we presume

Giant Wood Moth we presume

Dear Anne-Marie,
We agree that this appears to be a Giant Wood Moth,
Endoxyla cinereus, based on images posted to Butterfly House where it states:  “The adult moths have a variable vague pattern of light and dark grey or brown on the wings, including a darker spot near the middle of each forewing. The forewings each have a sinusoidal inner margin, and the hindwings a convex inner margin. The moths are very large. The females are larger than the males, and have a wingspan up to 23 cms.  The species occurs over Queensland and New South Wales.”  The map on Csiro supports that range information, and states “Not verified” regarding South Australia sightings.  Perhaps global warming and other climate changes are resulting in a natural range expansion.  It is also possible that this might be another member of the genus that has a greater range.  We are curious if our readership has an opinion on this matter.

Dear Daniel,
Thank you for your reply. I am also curious whether your readers will be able to shed some light on the issue. In any case I felt privileged to have been able to see it, as it was the largest moth I have ever seen!
Thanks, Anne-Marie

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Subject: Unusual Bug
Location: Rochester, NY
June 19, 2014 11:38 am
I saw this yesterday at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY.
By looking online I can see that it is very similar to a Giant leopard moth, but with some significant differences.
The one I saw has black spots instead of black circles, and notice how the body protrudes behind the wings.
It is also less than 2″ long.
Any ideas?
Signature: Thanks, Doug

Leopard Moth

Leopard Moth

Dear Doug,
Though the Giant Leopard Moth, which is one of the Tiger Moths, and your Leopard Moth,
Zeuzera pyrina, look similar, they are not even closely related.  Your Leopard Moth is in the Carpenter Moth family Cossidae, and according to BugGuide:  “Unlike the Giant Leopard Moth, this one is not native to the US. Supposedly introduced (from its native Europe?) in mid-1800s; first reported in North America at Hoboken, New Jersey in 1882.  It is considered a pest of some fruit trees.”  You can compare your image to this image on BugGuide.

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