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Subject: Moth ID
Location: Melbourne, Australia
February 9, 2016 4:09 am
Dear Bugman
Took a few pics of an unusually marked/colored moth at a local native parkland recently.
It might be a variety of Tiger Moth after looking at some pics on this site?
Would be pleased if you could verify.
Thanks
Signature: Alan Gardner

Mistletoe Moth

Mistletoe Moth

Dear Alan,
This one really gave us a challenge.  Though it really does resemble a Tiger Moth, it is actually an Owlet Moth in the family Noctuidae and the subfamily Agaristinae.  We found two very similar looking moths on Butterfly House, and we eliminated the Grapevine Moth,
Phalaenoides glycinae, and we believe this is a Mistletoe Moth, Comocrus behri , which is described on Butterfly House as:  “The adult moths have wings that are black with white straight and zigzag lines. The abdomen is black on top and has orange stripes underneath, and a scarlet tuft on the tail.  The adult is a day-flying moth, with a wingspan of up to 5 cm.”  According to Csiro:  “This species is widely distributed across southern mainland Australia and can often be seen during the day flying around mistletoe plants growing on Casuarina and Eucalyptus species. The adults have a wingspan or about 58 millimetres and are predominantly black with white bands or lines through the wings. Males display what is known as ‘hill topping’ behaviour, where they fly to the highest spot on the landscape so that females know to congregate there for mating.”  There are some very nice images on FlickR.

Mistletoe Moth

Mistletoe Moth

Hi Daniel
Thanks very much for your prompt response.
I hadn’t seen any kind of moth quite like this one and it had me intrigued.
Kind regards
Alan

Mistletoe Moth

Mistletoe Moth

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Subject: beetle
Location: Dominican Repulic
December 18, 2015 6:27 am
I took this picture of this very interesting looking beetle. I wonder if you can help me identify it.
Signature: Chris

Hieroglyphic Moth

Hieroglyphic Moth

Dear Chris,
This lovely little Owlet Moth,
Diphthera festiva, is commonly called a Hieroglyphic Moth because of the complex pattern on its wings.

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Subject: help identifying moth
Location: Trinidad and Tobago (Caribbean)
August 16, 2015 12:55 pm
Hi bug man, I’d like some help identifying a moth that i’ve never seen before. I took this photo lastnight in Trinidad and tobago.
Signature: Prince Siu

Possibly Geometer Moth

Possibly Geometer Moth

Dear Prince Siu,
At first we thought this was a Geometer Moth in the family Geometridae, but the more we looked at it, the more we thought it might be in the family Erebidae because of its resemblance to a White Witch, the largest South American moth.  We are still leaning towards a Geometer Moth, but we have not been able to locate any matching images online.  We will continue to research this and we will also enlist the assistance of our readership.

Update:  August 17, 2015
Thanks to a comment from Cesar Crash indicating this looks like a member of the genus
Letis, we searched and found a similar looking moth from Ecuador on FlickR, which is good enough for us to eliminate the family Geometridae.

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Subject: New to us critter
Location: Reston, Virginia
May 17, 2015 7:42 pm
While visiting family in Reston, Virginia, on Mothers Day 2015, we spotted this on the patio door. None of us had seen anything like it before, but knew we could count on WTB to enlighten us. Many thanks in advance.
Signature: Curious

Eight Spotted Forrester

Eight Spotted Forrester

Dear Curious,
This through the glass view provides a very interesting perspective on the Eight Spotted Forrester,
Alypia octomaculata, a diurnal Owlet Moth.  MOBugs has a very nice narrative on the Eight Spotted Forrester.

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Subject: ID of Butterfly
Location: Southwest Virginia near New River
April 11, 2015 8:21 pm
This little butterfly landed near me on the trail along New River in Southwest Virginia. I haven’t been able to ID it, though I have searched online. Please help!
Signature: Carolyn

Grapevine Epimenis

Grapevine Epimenis

Dear Carolyn,
The reason you are having a difficult time with this identification is that this is a diurnal Owlet Moth, the Grapevine Epimenis,
Psychomorpha epimenis.

No wonder!  Thank you so much!  It’s such a pretty little moth–new to me!  You guys are great!!!

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Subject: Moth
Location: Bakersfield, Ca.
April 8, 2015 11:41 am
Hi, I live in Bakersfield, California. The Verbena is crazy this year (April 2015) and this moth along with a tons of Painted Lady Butterflies are having a ball. I had no idea how many species of moths there are so I am lost trying to ID this one. Can you????
Signature: Thanks, Mary Rosica.

Possibly Owlet Moth

Alfalfa Looper

Dear Mary,
We believe this is a Noctuoid Moth, probably an Owlet Moth in the family Noctuidae, but we haven’t a clue as to anything more specific.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to provide further information.  We are curious if this moth is strictly diurnal.  See BugGuide if you want to browse through images of Owlet Moths.

Daniel, thanks for a direction to go! I will look for sure. They are very active and almost never stop beating their wings. Was hard to get a still shot with the wings open. Never seen so many and during the day as well. Obviously, my cat Ebby finds all the activity very fascinating.
Again, thank you!
Mary

Update:  April 10, 2015
We just approved a comment from Ben indicating that this looks like an Alfalfa Looper, Autographa californica, and according to BugGuide:  “adults are active day and night, and are attracted to light.”

Yes!!!! That’s it. Also looked for other pictures on the net under images and found him big as day. You folks are great!! Thank you so much.
Mary

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