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Subject: which owlet moth species pollinate witch hazel?
March 18, 2015 8:30 am
Hello WTB
In doing some research on witch hazel,  I found that the pollinators are  specie(s) of owlet moths. Dr Bernd Heinrich found that these moths were the pollinators and had the ability  to thermo-regulate by shivering, enabling them to be active during the cold season when our native witch hazels bloom. I also read that these moths have a dense body pile, which insulates them. What a great story this is! I wanted to include a picture of one of these moths in my article about witch hazel. Could you tell me which specie(s) of moth these might be? I am assuming Dr Heinrich did the research in Maine or somewhere in New England where he is based. Also, would someone be willing to let me publish a/their picture of the moth in question for my article? (I would of course attribute the photographer and use a copyright symbol with it.) I write a monthly column on native plants for wildlife for my birding club, The Capital Area Audubon Society in Lansing, MI.
Thanks for any help, and for considering my photo request.
Ann Hancock
Co Editor, The Call Note
Lansing, Michigan
Signature: Ann Hancock

Dear Ann,
We are not certain which species of Owlet Moth pollinates Witch Hazel, but we will post your request and try to do some research.  We have found a reference to Winter Moth on the Venerable Trees site.

Daniel
Thank you so much. The whole Owlet Moth, and flying in the cold season is a gee-whiz story to me.
I appreciate your help and hope that someone will know the answer.
If we get a reply and/or a picture I will post an update in next month’s column.
AMH

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Subject: I think this is a moth
Location: Eastern Pennsylvania
January 23, 2015 9:37 am
This photo was taken summer of 2012 Allentown, Pa. The bug flew onto the deck, stayed long enough for a quick photo op, and flew away. The red color is the wings. We have searched for years for it’s identification. Hope you can help.
Signature: Nancy B.

Wood Nymph Moth

Wood Nymph Moth

Hi Nancy,
This moth is an Owlet Moth in the genus
Eudryas, and members of the genus are commonly called Wood Nymph Moths, though the are also called Bird Poop Moths as they are such effective mimics which helps them to avoid being eaten by birds or other predators.

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Subject: Arachnis picta but green?
Location: Jamul, CA
January 16, 2015 10:04 pm
Hello. I found this moth outside & I’m curious about it. It looks just like a painted tiger moth (Arachnis picta) but it’s green like a lichen. Is this a different species or just a color variation? I see the standard painted tiger moths a lot in the fall but sometimes I see these green ones too.
Sorry the lighting is a little yellowish & doesn’t quite do it justice.
Signature: -Becky

Sallow Moth

Sallow Moth

Dear Becky,
We made an attempt to remove some of the yellow lighting, but the lovely green coloration of this Sallow Moth was not correctly reproduced.

Thank you for getting back to me!
Fortunately the same kind of moth came back tonight and I got a better picture by shining a flashlight on it. Does this help?

Mossy Sallow Moth

Mossy Sallow Moth

Thanks Becky,
This is a much nicer image of a Mossy Sallow Moth in the genus Feralia.  BugGuide pictures several similar looking species.

 

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Subject: Indonesian moth
Location: Indonesia
January 4, 2015 11:18 am
This moth was seen about 7:00 am in late December near Wakatobi Dive Resort on a small island off of Southeast Sulawesi in Indonesia. It was on a concrete path in the sun vibrating its wings (warming itself up maybe?). Thanks for the help.
Lindsay

Owl Moth

Owl Moth

Dear Lindsay,
This is an Owl Moth in the genus
Erebus, possibly Erebus nyctaculis based on the image on Butterfly House and the range which includes Northern Australia, the Philippines and Indonesia.

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Subject: I can’t identify this bug.
Location: Palm Bay, Florida. (Central Florida)
October 22, 2014 10:14 am
Alright so I came home and outside on the wall of my house was this bug which at first I thought was a beetle, but now I’m not sure. The colors are more vibrant than shown in the picture. It has a red dot on its head and wings with black lines running down them.
Hopefully you can identify it. Its driving me crazy.
Thanks for the help.
Signature: Not sure I understand this question. Whatever way is best for you.

Hieroglyphic Moth

Hieroglyphic Moth

This distinctive moth is aptly named a Hieroglyphic Moth, Diphthera festiva, and you can verifiy our identification on BugGuide.

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Subject: Butterfly, Moth or Bug?
Location: Somdet, Thailand
September 27, 2014 2:34 am
Just got this from my wife. It looks like a moth with crying children on its wings then when it opens its wings it appears to have a yellow praying mantis on it.
Signature: Mat Coleman

Owlet Moth:  Eudocima hypermnestra

Owlet Moth: Eudocima hypermnestra

Hi Mat,
Your insect is a moth, and we quickly identified it as
Eudocima hypermnestra thanks to an image on FlickR.  We located a second image on FlickR and then a posting on iNaturalist to verify the identification. 

Owlet Moth:  Eudocima hypermnestra

Owlet Moth: Eudocima hypermnestra

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