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Subject: Black and Whit Moth?
Location: Eastern PA (suburbs of Philadelphia)
July 8, 2014 6:32 pm
We saw this cool moth on the brick sidewalk outside of the Exton, PA Barnes and Noble. I love it’s black and white stripey legs. It reminded my kids of a Dalmatian dog. It was seen in early Spring.
Signature: Laura Toner

Giant Leopard Moth

Giant Leopard Moth

Hi Laura,
This beautiful and distinctive Tiger Moth is commonly called a Giant Leopard Moth or an Eyed Tiger Moth.

Thank you so much! I thought it looked like it had scary big eyes. Very interesting and beautiful. Happy summer! :)Laura Toner

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Subject: Silver-Spotted fern moth
Location: Mancelona, MI
July 6, 2014 6:12 pm
Hello, all!
The Silver-Spotted Fern Moth (Callopistria cordata) is instantly recognizable by the reflective silver spots on the wings (they appear white here, of course). It’s orangeish to reddish brown, with a wingspan of 25-28 mm, according to Bugguide. As the name suggests, the larvae feed on ferns. Our area is absolutely stuffed with bracken ferns, so I’m sure I’ll be seeing more of these soon–this specimen, I spotted on July 5.
Signature: Helen

Silver Spotted Fern Moth

Silver Spotted Fern Moth

Hi Helen,
We have finally gotten around to posting your Silver Spotted Fern Moth image from the other day.  This really is a pretty Owlet Moth and we are linking to the BugGuide page.

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Subject: Moth in Northeastern NJ
Location: Verona, NJ
June 16, 2014 12:03 pm
Hello … Can you identify this lovely moth? Can’t find him in my field guides.
Thanks so much!
Have a lovely vacation…
Signature: Anne

Tufted Bird Dropping Moth

Tufted Bird Dropping Moth

Hi Anne,
We did have a lovely time on holiday, but we know we will never be able to make a dent in the countless submissions that arrived in our absence.  Fortuitously, we selected your request from our backlog, and we have been obsessed with identifying this lovely moth.  We figured it was in the superfamily Noctuoidae, and we were correct.  We found
Cerma cerintha, the Tufted Bird Dropping Moth, on the Moth Photographers Group website, and we crosschecked that on BugGuide where we learned:  “larvae feed on leaves of plants in the rose family (Rosaceae) such as apple, cherry, hawthorn, peach, pear, plum, rose.”

Tufted Bird Dropping Moth

Tufted Bird Dropping Moth

Welcome back…  I hope you can make a dent in the backlog…  yikes!
Wonderful!  Thank you so much…  I do have an apple tree, and roses in my yard, and the street trees on my block are cherry…
Be well  :-)

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Subject:  Walnut Underwing
Location:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
Date:  June 27, 2014
Most every year, we get at least one visit from a Walnut Underwing, and since the endangered California Black Walnut Trees in the yard are growing nicely, we hope we will see an increase in the moth population.  About a week ago, a tattered individual was on the porch light and for the past several days, this beauty has been seen at night and is generally on the screen door the next morning.  Last night, a huge commotion in the kitchen turned out to be our feisty feline Boris trying to catch this Walnut Underwing which was on the other side of the glass window.  Thought it landed with its underwings visible, it flew before we could get the camera.  These dorsal and ventral (somewhat showing the patterns on the underwings) views will have to suffice for now.

Walnut Underwing

Walnut Underwing

Walnut Underwing

Walnut Underwing

 

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Subject: Wasp or moth?
Location: Northeast Florida (Jacksonville Beach)
June 25, 2014 6:36 am
I had six of these on my sunflowers yesterday around dusk. I live in northeast florida. They look sort of like polka dot wasp moths but I don’t see the signature red tail. Any ideas?
Signature: Melissa

Spotted Oleander Caterpillar Moth

Spotted Oleander Caterpillar Moth

Dear Melissa,
The Spotted Oleander Caterpillar Moth,
Empyreuma pugione, and the Polka Dot Wasp Moth are classified in the same subtribe, and both are very effective wasp mimics.

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Subject: New Moth
Location: Meridian MS
June 24, 2014 11:28 pm
I’m located in Meridian MS and saw this moth tonight. About 1 inch long and 3/8 of an inch to the ridge at the top of the wing. June 24th at 1am. I cannot locate it in my moth books.
You have helped me before and so I return to your knowledge again.
Thank you!
Signature: David Duncan

Wood Nymph

Wood Nymph

Dear David,
This is a Wood Nymph Moth in the genus
Eudryas, and they are very effective mimics of bird poop which would make them appear to be inedible for most predators.

Daniel,
Thank you once again! Funny thing about the “bird poop”, the individual who asked that I look at the moth stated he looked down at some bird poop on the handrail and it started crawling. Great disguise! Nothing more fascinating than the world of insects.

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