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Subject: Moth?
Location: Irmo, SC
July 24, 2016 7:12 am
My neighbor found this in her house last night and promptly threw it back outside! What is it??? Any idea?
Signature: Frances O’Toole

Regal Moth

Regal Moth

Dear Frances,
This beauty is a Royal Walnut Moth or Regal Moth, the adult form of the Hickory Horned Devil caterpillar, arguably an even more impressive creature.  We are sad that our first report this year is a dead individual as they are so much more impressive while living.  Regal Moths only live a few days, so this individual may have actually died of old age.

It wasn’t dead yet…. they captured it in there house and put it back outside…

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Subject: Weird flying insect in southern Maryland
Location: Waldorf, MD
July 22, 2016 10:35 am
I’ve never seen this insect/bug before, just curious as to what it is.
Signature: Matt

Mating Imperial Moths

Mating Imperial Moths

Dear Matt,
These are mating Imperial Moths, and the darker member of the pair, the male, is on the bottom.  We have numerous images in our archives of mating Imperial Moths.

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Subject: Large Moth in Bridgewater
Location: Bridgewater, CT
July 24, 2016 7:21 pm
Hi. This big guy or gal is just hanging out on our back stoop. Dog doesn’t even scare him/her! Quite interesting but I don’t know what it is. Can you help?
Thank you,
Signature: Liz

Male Tuliptree Silkmoth

Male Tuliptree Silkmoth

Dear Liz,
After comparing your image to this BugGuide image, we are confident this is a male Tuliptree Silkmoth,
Callosamia angulifera.  Like other members of the family, adults do not eat, living only about a week, long enough to mate and reproduce.

Thank you!  I was doing my research last night too and came up with the same species, although I thought it was a female.  Thanks for all your help. J

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Subject: Strange Bug
Location: Northwestern West Virginia
July 11, 2016 9:11 pm
Hello. I’ve found a strange insect that hangs around my house and all of my plants. I have researched and I can’t seem to figure out what type of bug this is. I am hoping to get some help. I live in West Virginia and I have been seeing this insect since the beginning of spring.
Signature: – Madison

Spotted Apatelodes

Spotted Apatelodes

Dear Madison,
This fascinating moth is a Spotted Apatelodes,
Apatelodes torrefacta, and you can compare your image to this BugGuide image.  Most of the images of the Spotted Apatelodes on our site are taken from below, and your image has a better vantage for appreciating the subtle beauty of this interesting moth.

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Subject: what kind of moth is this?
Location: Northwest Illinois
July 14, 2016 8:02 pm
Found this July 7th and July 14, 2016 live in NW IL near a fairly large lake ad wooded area.
Signature: Gary & Diane

Imperial Moth

Imperial Moth

Dear Gary & Diane,
This is our first Imperial Moth,
Eacles imperialis, posting of the year.  According to BugGuide:  “wings yellow, variably spotted and shaded with pinkish, orangish, or purplish-brown; male more heavily marked than female, especially in the south” which makes this a male Imperial Moth.

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Subject: Moth
Location: Aroostook county maine
July 9, 2016 7:13 pm
I found this on my screen door one morning, it is approximately the size of a Luna Mo h but not as pretty. What is it????
Signature: Sclabby67@gmail.com

Male Polyphemus Moth

Male Polyphemus Moth

Dear Sclabby67,
While beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it is somehow unfair to judge the prettiness of this male Polyphemus Moth based on the markings on the undersides of the wings, which act as a very good camouflage with dried leaves.  When the wings are opened, and the magnificent eyespots on the underwings are revealed as in this image from our archives, you might feel differently.

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