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Subject: Crypsiphona ocultaria
Location: Nth Burnett. Queensland Australia
May 26, 2012 6:27 pm
Hi guys,
Hope you like these shots of Crypsiphona ocultaria. A very drab looking moth in the Geometridae until you see underneath.
Winter is closing in and this guy was very reluctant to move which allowed me to get it into a container to shoot the lovely colours underneath.
Signature: Aussietrev

Geometrid Moth: Crypsiphona ocultaria

Hi Trevor,
Earlier in the year we received two images, upper and lower wing views, of
Crypsiphona ocultaria, and we identified it as the Red Lined Looper Moth on the Brisbane Insect website.  The markings on the lower wings are quite pretty and distinctive, and we can’t help but to wonder if there is any evolutionary significance to it.

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Subject: What butterfly is this?
Location: Manual Antonio, Costa Rica
May 26, 2012 9:37 pm
I saw this butterfly in Manual Antonia Park in Costa Rica in May. We call it a stealth butterfly because of the same but what is it?
Signature: B

Sunset Moth

Dear B,
This Sunset Moth,
Urania fulgens, looks and acts more like a butterfly than most other moths, so your error is easily understood.  The Sunset Moth is brightly colored and diurnal in habit, preferring to fly during the daylight hours rather than at night. 

Thank you! I thought it was in the swallowtail family. Thank you again!

Do not confuse the Swallowtail Moths (see BugGuide) with the Swallowtail Butterflies.

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Subject: Moth – It’s What’s For Dinner
Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan
May 26, 2012 5:32 pm
Dear Bugman,
First off, I want to say after several years of faithfully reading WTB you and your colleagues have made me an armchair entomology enthusiast. You’ve opened a world of biazarre, beautiful and fascinating creatures right in my own back yard. Thank you. :)
Today I went out and found this beautiful gray and black spider carrying his lunch around my ceiling. I was thinking he was a wolf spider, but the markings seem off. Can you ID my special visitor? And of course he was removed from my kitchen and turned loose in my flower garden next to the back porch. Unfortunately he did lose his lunch in the process, but I’m sure he’ll find plenty of meals under the porch and amoung the flowers.
Signature: Mimi

Jumping Spider with Moth

Hi Mimi,
Thank you for your kind email.  Unfortunately, your photo lacks the kind of clarity needed for a positive identification, but we are nearly certain the spider is one of the harmless Jumping Spiders in the family Salticidae.  These are generally small spiders that do not build webs to snare prey.  Instead, they use their keen eyesight to stalk prey, often pouncing from a considerable distance relative to the size of the spider.  Jumping Spiders do not pose a threat to humans.  You can see by browsing BugGuide that there are many similar looking Jumping Spiders among the more than 315 species known from North America.

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Subject: Moth dreaming it’s a Butterfly
Location: Costa Mesa
May 25, 2012 3:01 am
Hey Bugman,
I found this little white beauty hanging out on a bush by a steetlight. It looked like a moth, acted like a moth, went for light like a moth and was out at night like a moth. However, it liked to hold its wings like a butterfly – I presume to annoy people who are trying to identify it. It’s stumped me, certainly. I’m pretty sure its a moth and not a butterfly who happens to be a night owl, but nothing looks like it on the website I reference for regional moths.
Signature: butterfly dreaming she’s a moth hobbiest

Geometrid Moth

Dear butterfly dreaming she’s a moth hobbiest,
It is a fallacy that all butterflies rest with wings folded over their backs and all moths rest with their wings flat, but it is a generalization that is often true and it is one of the characteristics that is frequently cited so that the average person can distinguish a moth from a butterfly.  Here is a photo of a Mourning Cloak Butterfly resting with wings flat and a Polyphemus Moth resting with its wings folded, both breaking the generalized rule.  Your moth is a Geometrid Moth in the family Geometridae, but we are uncertain of the species.  A quick browse through BugGuide shows how many similar looking species there are in North America.

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Subject: Luna Moth Siting, 19.May.2012
Location: Healey Lake, Mactier (Parry Sound), Ontario
May 23, 2012 8:35 am
Thanks to your website I was able to identify this Luna Moth – a beautiful little creature.
We found it on the side of our cottage in the morning around 8am. It stayed there until around noon or 1pm when the wall began to get bathed in (direct) sunlight.
Signature: Saul Family

Luna Moth

Dear Saul Family,
Thanks for sending us this lovely photo of a Luna Moth.  We have not received as many Luna Moth submissions this year as we have in past years and this is our most northern sighting thusfar this year.  We expect the earlier than normal warm weather this year caused an earlier emergence.

You’re welcome Daniel!
And thanks for your efforts in having and maintaining this website!
Stephan Saul

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Subject: Oculea silkmoth?
Location: Carbondale, Colorado
May 21, 2012 5:53 pm
My son and his friends found this beautiful moth outside of his school in Carbondale, Colorado today. We’ve never seen anything like it! Beautiful! What can you tell us about it?
Signature: Carbondale Mom

Polyphemus Moth

Dear Carbondale Mom,
Though the Oculea Silkmoth looks very similar, this is actually a closely related Polyphemus Moth.  The Polyphemus Moth is a common species found in all 48 lower states and Canada.  The much rarer Oculea Silkmoth has a range limited to parts of Arizona and New Mexico in mountainous regions. 

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