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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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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: 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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Subject: Unusual bug
Location: Deeside Flintshire
May 24, 2014 8:55 am
Hi there
It’s pouring down with rain and I came home to find this very unusual bug that I have not seen before and intreague to know what it could be
Any help will be great
Thanks
Signature: Sarah woodward

Angle Shades Moth

Angle Shades Moth

Hi Sarah,
Though we were uncertain of the identity of this freshly metamorphosed moth whose wings have still not expanded to their full size, we quickly identified it as an Angle Shades Moth,
Phlogophora meticulosa, by matching it to this image on the Photography Obsession Gallery.  According to UK Moths:  “A highly distinctive and unusual moth, which rests with the wings folded longitudinally, looking very much like a withered autumn leaf.  The adults generally fly between May and October, in at least two generations, but can be found in any month The species is also a common migrant and can occur in large numbers at coastal locations.”  

Angle Shades Moth

Angle Shades Moth

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