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Subject: Huge Moth
Location: South Central Texas
March 27, 2015 6:08 pm
Could you identify this moth for me? I live at the easternmost edge of the Texas Hill Country where cedar and oak trees are prolific. The moth’s wings are about 3 inches in length. It clung to this brick in this position for 3 days. The antennae are very interesting. I believe it is a male. Many thanks!
Signature: Rita K, Schertz, TX

Polyphemus Moth

Polyphemus Moth

Dear Rita,
This beauty is a Polyphemus Moth,
Antheraea polyphemus, and you can tell by the feathery antennae that it is a male.  We hope you were able to see him with his wings opened, because the incredible eyespots on his wings are quite showy.

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Subject: Ecuador cloud forest bugs
Location: mindo, ecuador
March 15, 2015 8:39 am
Both of these were found on the same morning in my house.. Any clues as to ID?
Signature: PB

Possibly Automeris abdomiorientalis

Possibly Automeris argentifera

Dear PB,
We are splitting your two requests apart so they can be better archived on our site.  We believe your moth may be
Automeris abdomiorientalis, and we are going to check with Bill Oehlke to get his opinion.  There are not many images of this species online, but you can compare your individual to the images posted on BOLD Systems Taxonomy.

Bill Oehlke Responds
Hi Daniel,
It is Automeris banus argentifera which has now been given full species status as Automeris argentifera.
Very nice image. Can you get permission for me to use image??
Thanks,
Bill

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Subject: Luna Moth
Location: spring TX
March 13, 2015 8:16 pm
This moth flow into my kitchen this evening and i was looking it up and your web sight showed up. 3/13/15 at 10:00pm
Signature: David liles

Luna Moth

Luna Moth

Dear David,
Thanks for sending in the first Luna Moth sighting of 2015.  Normally we begin to receive reports in February, and we are curious why our first report arrived late this year.

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Ceanothus Silkmoth Comment
Location:  Anderson, CA
March 5, 2015
I just found one tonight (3-5-15) at our home in Anderson, CA didn’t know what it was for sure so I looked and this image came up, the one I found looks the exact same! Beautiful moth.
Ali

We wish you had sent in a photo as we have not posted a Ceanothus Silkmoth image recently.

This is the moth we found it was battered pretty bad but still flying.

Battered Ceanothus Silkmoth

Battered Ceanothus Silkmoth

Dear Ali,
Thanks for sending us your image of a battered Ceanothus Silkmoth.  Adults only live a few days, long enough to mate and lay eggs.  They do not even feed as adults as they do not have working mouthparts.  Adult life is dangerous for a Silkmoth.  They store fat while a caterpillar to get them through the adult stage, and they are an excellent food source for birds and other predators.  Hopefully your individual mated and was able to pass on its genes to a new generation.

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Subject: luna moth release
January 12, 2015 1:05 pm
Hello Mr. Daniel Marlos,
My sister, Louise  has been releasing Luna moths into the wild as part of an annual event called “A Midsummer Night’s Garden” at her greenhouse Auburn Pointe, in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.   After only 3-4 years her neighbors started reporting Luna moth sightings on their screen windows.  My dad even spotted one at his house which is 20+ miles away.
The event is 2 weekends, check website, usually the last weekend in July/first weekend in August.  auburnpointegreenhouse.com.  Please join us for this spectacular event!
My sister, single-handedly is successfully reintroducing Luna moths into the wild with great success.  You could try this in your own backyard!
Signature: Anne Reiling

Mating Luna Moths (from our archives)

Mating Luna Moths (from our archives)

Dear Anne,
Thanks so much for relaying information about this wonderful program.  We are sure our readers will be very interested.  We removed your telephone number from the message you sent as a courtesy.  Please let us know if you want to be contacted by phone and we will include the telephone number.

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Subject: Butterfly and moth
Location: Mountain Home
January 10, 2015 3:38 am
Dear Bugman my friend sent these pics from Mountain Home, Arkansas they were on his woods and I am an Illustrator and want to make a wall hanging and also illustrate these species but want to be sure what they are called please and if there is a clearer image of the moth I could use. I am based in the UK so would need web based images if you have one. Thank you for your help.
Signature: Annie

Luna Moth

Luna Moth

Dear Annie,
We wish we knew what time of year these sightings occurred.  The Luna Moth is arguably the loveliest and most distinctive of the diverse North American moths.  Nothing from North America looks quite like the Luna Moth, though the Moon Moth from China is obviously closely related.  The Luna Moth ranges in Eastern North America from Northern Canada to Florida and west to Texas.  The butterflies are Greater Fritillaries known for silver spots on the undersides of the wings like in these Great Spangled Fritillaries.  What type of wall hanging are you making?  You may use images from our site for inspiration for illustrations provided they are sufficiently altered from the original photographic form.

Greater Fritillaries

Greater Fritillaries

Dear Daniel thank you for your reply but not sure if you are telling me the orange spotted butterfly is the greater spangled fritillary?? Thank you for giving me permission to use inspiration from your original images but I was going to use the original photographs which my friend took I just wanted to know the name of the orange butterfly I copied to you. The wall hanging will be illustrated, silk painted, felted, water-coloured and then embroidered and will be called ‘A Walk in the Wild Wood’ which will represent the wildlife in his woods on his property including flowers, birds, animals and trees.  If I were to use any images for inspiration they would be all of my own design using those methods and yours would only be visually used for colours and identification purposes as I have a BA Hons degree in Illustration of course I understand about changing the original and copyright.  Thank you very much for your help. Annie

Thanks for the clarification Annie.  By all means use images on our site for inspiration as the final wall hanging will be textile and not photographic.  The butterflies are Greater Fritillaries in the genus Speyeria, and we believe they are Great Spangled Fritillaries, Speyeria cybele, but this is a difficult genus for us to identify conclusively to the species level.

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