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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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Subject: Beautiful bug
Location: north calgary Alberta Canada
October 23, 2014 8:54 pm
i live in calgary Alberta and in July some friends were camping and saw this bug. Any idea what it is?
Signature: jaynerama

Elegant Sheep Moth freshly eclosed

Elegant Sheep Moth freshly eclosed

Dear jaynerama,
This Elegant Sheep Moth,
Hemileuca eglanterina, has just emerged from an underground pupal state.  Here is a matching image from BugGuide.  The Elegant Sheep Moth is even more beautiful after its wings fully expand, enabling it to fly.

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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: Imperial Moth
Location: Pinehurst, NC
August 21, 2014 11:31 am
This moth has been on my bathroom mirror for 2 days. Why is it not moving?!?!
Signature: Kristan

Male Imperial Moth

Male Imperial Moth

Hi Kristan,
According to BugGuide, Imperial Moths have:  “wings yellow, variably spotted and shaded with pinkish, orangish, or purplish-brown; male more heavily marked than female, especially in the south.”  The male Imperial Moth in this image from BugGuide is colored and marked almost exactly like your individual.

Mating Imperial Moths, male below

Mating Imperial Moths, male below

We are going to speculate on your questions.
1.  The light attracted your male Imperial Moth.
2.  Like all Giant Silkmoths in the family Saturniidae, Imperial moths live long enough to mate, and in the case of the female, to lay eggs.
3. Flying when you are a Giant Silkmoth takes significant energy, and adults do not feed, needing to store fat and energy during the caterpillar stage.
4.  We believe this male Imperial Moth was attracted to your light, and he is resting because he cannot sense a ready female nearby.
5.  Male Giant Silkmoths have well developed antennae that can sense a female’s pheromones from a mile away.
6.  If you allow him to rest, and he senses a female before he is ready to die, this male Imperial Moth will fly off into the night.

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