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Subject: Moth to be identified
Location: Botswana
May 23, 2016 4:34 am
Photographed this Moth at Kubu Island in Southern Botswana. Kabul Island is situated in the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. The Moths wingspan/width when not in flight was between 2.5 – 3 Inches wide. Any help will be appreciated.
Signature: Tony Camacho

Cream Striped Owl Moth

Cream Striped Owl Moth

Dear Tony,
We believe we have correctly identified you stunning moth as a Cream Striped Owl Moth,
Cyligramma latona, thanks to images posted to iSpot.

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Subject:  Walnut Underwing
Location:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
May 17, 2016 6:48 PM
Each year we look forward to the first appearance of a Walnut Underwing at our office.  We were pleasantly surprised by this especially gorgeous individual earlier in the week.  Perhaps we will try to get a good image with the colorful underwings revealed the next time it comes to the porch light.

Walnut Underwing

Walnut Underwing

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Subject: What’s this Insect?
Location: Alberta Canada possibly Costa Rica
May 7, 2016 7:57 pm
We found this in a box of bananas that came from Costa Rica today and we cant figure out exactly what it is or if it came from there or here (Alberta Canada) Any help would be appreciated. The pic is the underside of it.
Signature: Kristy

Tiger Moth

Banana Moth

Dear Kristy,
This image has been open on our desktop for the past week as we have tried unsuccessfully to provide you with a species identification.  This looks to us like a Tiger Moth in the subtribe Ctenuchina to us.  We do not believe it is not a native species, but we wish you had been able to provide us with a dorsal view as most online images of moths are dorsal views.  We browsed through images from the subtribe Ctenuchina on BugGuide, but we could not find a conclusive match.  We will attempt to contact Lepidopterist Julian Donahue who is an expert in Tiger Moths to see if he can provide an ID.

Julian Donahue Responds
This is indeed a ctenuchid (or as currently classified, Erebidae: Arctiinae: tribe Arctiini, subtribe Ctenuchina): a fresh male Antichloris viridis Druce, newly emerged from its cocoon that accompanied bananas (its larval hostplant) imported from tropical America. In his 1975 paper Field reported examining specimens from numerous localities in the United States, three records from England, one from Germany, and two from British Columbia, Canada (Kaslo and Victoria). The native range of this species is from central or southern Mexico south through Central America to Venezuela, Colombia, and Ecuador.
This may be a new record for Alberta, however, so I am copying this to a couple of colleagues in that province.
Best wishes from the glorious Sonoran Desert, where the saguaros are now blooming on our property,
Julian

Thanks so much for the confirmation Julian.  We found an image of the ventral view on UK Moths and we found the common name Banana Moth used there as well as on Encyclopedia of Life.

Daniel;
I googled the information you gave me and that is exactly what it is!!  Thank you so much!
Kristy

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Subject: Moth looking like a bee?
Location: Pearcedale, Victoria, Australia
April 12, 2016 2:19 am
Hello! This lepidopteran was found in Pearcedale, Victoria, Australia on April 12th 2016 in the Autumn. Looks like a moth but I am having troubles getting an ID from searching the internet. Could you please help?
Signature: Caity

Unknown Moth

Boisduval’s Autumn Moth

Dear Caity,
Despite looking at hundreds of images on Butterfly House, we have not had any luck identifying your distinctively marked, newly eclosed moth.  Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck than we have had.

Unknown Moth

Boisduval’s Autumn Moth

Update:  April 12, 2016
Thanks to a comment from Cesar Crash who brought our attention to a Boisduval’s Autumn Moth posting on our site as well as on Butterfly House, we now have an identification.

Thank you for your efforts, I have since had some luck online with finding an id: Boisduval’s Autumn Moth (Oenosandra boisduvallii) – a newly emerged female before her wings have expanded :)

Karl also provides an ID with a link to our own archives.
Hi Daniel and Caity:
It looks like a Boisduval’s Autumn Moth (Oenosandra boisduvalii). You actually have it in your archive from a year ago, posted by Furry moth lover. Regards, Karl

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Subject: Moth
Location: Johannesburg, south africa
April 3, 2016 12:38 pm
Hi
Found this moth this morning 9am in Johannesburg south Africa. It’s Autumn here at the moment and the weather is moderately warm with temps in degrees Celsius of about 27. We live in a housing complex with a small garden and pets. The moth was on my net curtain and when I moved the curtain he headed outside into the garden.
Signature: Brigitte

Speckled Footman

Speckled Footman

Dear Brigitte,
Just last week we posted an image of a dead individual of this species of Tiger Moth in the genus
 Utetheisa from South Africa, and today we realized that the common name on iSpot is the very appropriate Speckled Footman, Utetheisa pulchella.

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Subject: Beautiful Snow Prince
Location: San Francisco Bay Area, CA
April 1, 2016 11:22 pm
Hello Bugman!
You answered an email I sent before about a moth, and so I thought I would ask again. I found this beauty while visiting my parents in the SF Bay Area. What kind of moth is he/she? It was such a beautiful creature. :)
Thanks for your help. You’re awesome!
Signature: Claire

Vestal Tiger Moth

Vestal Tiger Moth

Dear Claire,
This lovely moth is a Vestal Tiger Moth,
Spilosoma vestalis, and according to BugGuide:  “Larvae feed on leaves of various flowering trees, particularly oak.”  We believe this may be the first example of this species on our site.

That’s exciting! Thanks again, it made my day seeing the post on Facebook! 😊 Glad to contribute to moth documentation!
Claire

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