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Subject: A silk moth of sorts?
Location: Jungle near. Lonawala, Maharashtra, Indian
September 22, 2016 1:43 pm
I took these photos at night in late monsoon season in the Western Ghats of. India near Lonawala. It was the second or third time I had seen this fantastic moth but not on consecutive seasons. The colour is not touched up and in the day was still a stunning brilliant yellow colour, like a classic deep daffodil yellow!
Signature: Suvajra

Golden Emperor Moth

Golden Emperor Moth

Dear Suvajra,
This spectacular moth is a Golden Emperor Moth,
Loepa katinka, a species we identified on Global Biodiversity Information Facility.  The Golden Emperor Moth is also pictured on Project Noah.  

Golden Emperor Moth

Golden Emperor Moth

Dear Daniel,
Many thanks for identifying this moth.  Yes, spectacular, isn’t it!  Golden Emperor suits it to a ‘T’.  And found also in Taiwan, which makes me wonder if it is not an import to India.
Thanks again,
Suvajra

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Subject: Bug thats wings expanded fast
Location: Florida
September 23, 2016 2:03 pm
I was outside and i found this little orange bug that looked kinda cute and it had red ears but after a little while it hung on to a leaf for a few minutes and all of a sudden the ears turned into wings! Do you know what bug this is?
Signature: Alyssa

Pink Striped Oakworm Moth

Pink Striped Oakworm Moth

Dear Alyssa,
This looks to us like a freshly eclosed Pink Striped Oakworm Moth,
Anisota virginiensis, or another member of the genus Anisota.  You can compare your image to this BugGuide image.  Here is an image of what you described you first saw when you originally noticed this individual.

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Subject: A moth that reminds me of a golden retriever
Location: Guanacaste province, Costa Rica
September 15, 2016 5:20 am
This one has stumped me for a few days, it appeared on my terrace in September in North- pacific Costa Rica.
A friend tells me it’s an imperial moth but their range stops about 900 miles north of where this picture was taken (and pictures of imperial moths don’t show a big fluffy head or striped body).
Any guidance would be appreciated!
Signature: EC

Royal Moth: Citheronia lobesis

Royal Moth: Citheronia lobesis

Dear EC,
We believe we have correctly identified your Royal Moth as
Citheronia lobesis, but we would like to verify that with Bill Oehlke.  We would also request that you allow Bill to post your images to his own very comprehensive web site.  You can compare your images to the ones posted at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute site.

Royal Moth

Royal Moth

Bill Oehlke Responds
Yes, lobesis, probably a female. Please also get date if you can???
Bill

THanks a million!
Sure you can post. Looking forward to Bills response!
Compared to the smithsonian pic it looks like a match! Thanks!
Elizabeth

 

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Subject: Fat Weird Caterpillar
Location: Maryland
September 11, 2016 5:27 pm
Hey!
Apparently this fell on my cousin out of a tree (no worries she put it back and it was NOT harmed in anyway) and I’m not quite sure what it is, perhaps you may know? I’ve never seen one like it around here, but maybe it’s common? Let me know when you get the chance and thank you for all you do!
Signature: Rochelle

Imperial Moth Caterpillar

Imperial Moth Caterpillar

Dear Rochelle,
This is the caterpillar of an Imperial Moth, and its size and color indicate that it is getting ready to transform into a pupa, which it does underground.  When that time approaches, the normally green caterpillar changes color and loses interest in eating leaves.  It falls or descends to the ground and find a suitable place to dig.  While your cousin had good intentions to place it back in the tree, this individual most likely immediately set upon getting back on the ground.  Because of your cousins kind intentions, we are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award.

Hello Daniel!
Thank you so much for getting back to me, you literally made my day! I work at a bagel shop where we have a dry erase board where we put fun facts and trivia for people to look at while they eat and I’m going to make the caterpillar of the Imperial Moth the Animal of the day! Ill send you a picture when it’s done! Thank you again, you and your team are truly great people and its awesome to know that there are other bug friendly enthusiasts out there! Have a wonderful evening,
Rochelle

Female Imperial Moth

Female Imperial Moth

In honor of you and your peeps and for the magnificent creature that is the Imperial moth. I’m actually a decent artist but its hard to draw with dry erase markers.. Also I just saved an Imperial Moth from the hallway of my apartment a few weeks ago and I’m pretty mad at myself for not knowing what the pre-pupa form looked like… Either way, thank you again for the response and keep up the good work!
Rochelle

Imperial Moth Art

Imperial Moth Art  (click to enlarge)

Wow, thanks for the awesome update.

No problem! I’m honestly just thrilled that you took the time to write back and now that I know you have a book for sale… 😀

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Subject: Unknown Possible Moth
Location: Northern California Sierra Nevadas 6200ft
August 23, 2016 2:41 pm
This creature was spotted in the Sierra Nevada mountains in Northern California. What is it?
Signature: Tim Green

Newly Eclosed Pandora Moth

Newly Eclosed Pandora Moth

Dear Tim,
This is a newly eclosed Pandora Moth,
Coloradia pandora, as you can verify by comparing it to this BugGuide image.  The caterpillars pupate underground, and your image is of a freshly metamorphosed adult. 

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Subject: What is this?
Location: Bronx, NY, 10467
August 10, 2016 7:30 pm
So it was around 9pm, I’m using the bathroom and I hear a PLAT and I look and i see this giant moth, I’ve never seen this before in New York. I didn’t even know we had moths like this. Do you have any idea of what this is?
Signature: Corinthia Ferreiras

Polyphemus Moth

Polyphemus Moth

Dear Corinthia,
This is probably the ghostliest image we have ever received of a Polyphemus Moth.

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