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Subject: Luna Moth in Virginia
Location: Midlothian, VA
July 31, 2015 8:34 am
This was a luna moth I spotted yesterday in Midlothian, VA. I had never seen one before! It is amazing! I put my finger up to it to try to show how large it is. All I really accomplished was to show how much I need a manicure! :)
Also, just an FYI – your site has really tacky ads with very inappropriate content. I won’t recommend children to visit this site because of that. I closed it out and commented that it was inappropriate. Just wanted to let you know so you could contact your provider or something.
Signature: Nancy Morin

Luna Moth

Luna Moth

Dear Nancy,
Thanks for sending in your image of a gorgeous Luna Moth.  We did not receive as many submissions of Luna Moths this year as we have in the past.  Thanks for expressing your concern regarding “tacky ads with very inappropriate content” but the fact is that we cannot afford to run our site without Google ads.  Out of curiosity, we viewed our homepage just prior to crafting our response to you, and we found ads for Solar Energy, Dresses and a Flea and Tick Collar on our own computer.  A few minutes later those were replaced by a popular car company, a medical condition with unsavory symptoms and extreme urban stunts.  Because of the preponderance of exterminators that use Google Ads, and because we cannot control the advertisers, many years ago we added the disclaimer on our site above the first ad that “What’s That Bug? does not endorse extermination” to distance our actual content from the advertisements.  It is our understanding that Google ads are also very specific to the personal computer upon which they appear.  According to Wikipedia, the advertisements :  “are targeted to site content and audience,” meaning that the activity on your own computer has some effect on the ads that are generated.  So, if someone using your computer did research on buying a new car, when you later visit What’s That Bug? you might see car ads appear.  You were not very specific about the content you observed, but at least we have never seen a Google ad for pornography crop up on our site.  In a perfect world, we could operate without any advertisements, but that time has not yet come.  We are sorry that you cannot recommend the site to children because we believe our actual content is very PG rated, and when we do address adult themes, we resort to wit before vulgarity.

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Subject: imperial moth
Location: chesterton, Indiana
July 26, 2015 6:14 pm
This moth has black spots that remind me of mildew spots..is this a disease? Or something i should be concerned about. I have 3 acres of flower gardens and am afraid if its contageous in may lose all my butterfly and moths
Signature: kimmy t

Imperial Moth

Imperial Moth

Dear Kimmy,
This Imperial Moth looks perfectly normal to us and we do not believe you have to worry about it spreading a horrible plague to all your butterflies and moths.

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Subject: Luna Moth in ATL!
Location: Atlanta, GA
July 23, 2015 8:50 am
This is what greeted me at the door when I got to work today! It was lounging on the reflective window (hence the background). A friend identified it for me! A great expression of God’s handiwork! Am trying to think if I ever saw one before! So beautiful!
Signature: Carol

Luna Moth

Luna Moth

Dear Carol,
Thanks for sending in your lovely image of a male Luna Moth.  We received fewer images this year of Luna Moths than we typically receive.

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Subject: Type of Moth?
Location: St. Louis, MO
July 20, 2015 6:50 am
I was out walking the dog this morning (July 20th), at about 8AM, when I saw this poor beauty dying on the sidewalk! They are about 8 inches or so wide, from wing tip to wing tip. I found them by a park (Fox Park) in the southern inner city area of west St. Louis. Help me correctly mark their grave!
Signature: Angela

Polyphemus Moth

Polyphemus Moth

Dear Angela,
This beauty is a Polyphemus Moth, and adults do not eat, only living long enough to mate and reproduce, so while she is not long for this world, your assessment that she is dying might be premature.  Because of the antennae, this appears to be a female Polyphemus Moth, and if she has not yet laid eggs, she is likely heavy with eggs, meaning it takes tremendous energy to fly.  Place her in a sheltered location and she may take flight after dark.  If she has not mated, she will release pheromones to hopefully attract a mate.  If she has mated, she can lay fertilized eggs.  The eggs will hatch in about a week, and you can release the caterpillar on an appropriate food plant.  According to BugGuide, the caterpillars will eat the leaves of:  “birch, grape, hickory, maple, oak, willow, and members of the rose family.”

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Subject: Beautiful moth
Location: West of St.Louis Missouri
July 15, 2015 6:49 pm
Hi we found this beautiful moth, it actually flew right into me when I was on my deck one evening :), the 2nd picture is a caterpillar my son found, it spun a cocoon so I know it is a moth but not what kind.
Signature: ?

Polyphemus Moth

Polyphemus Moth

Dear ?,
The moth and caterpillar are both the same species.  Thanks for providing such beautiful images of a Polyphemus Moth and a Polyphemus Caterpillar.  If you are able, we would love to include an image of the cocoon in the posting as well.  You can read more about the Polyphemus Moth on BugGuide where it states:  “Larvae feed on leaves of broad-leaved trees and shrubs, including birch, grape, hickory, maple, oak, willow, and members of the rose family.  Adults do not feed.”

Polyphemus Caterpillar

Polyphemus Caterpillar

 

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Subject: Moth?
Location: New Brunswick Canada
June 21, 2015 12:16 pm
This bug was in my driveway in New Brunswick Canada in the early morning of June 18th.
Is it a silk moth?
Signature: Wiljo

Columbia Silkmoth

Columbia Silkmoth

Dear Wiljo,
The is indeed a silk moth, more specifically a female Columbia Silkmoth, and you can compare your image to this image posted to BugGuide.

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