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I think its a hawkmoth
Location: rice, texas
January 4, 2011 2:08 pm
All the hawkmoths i’ve seen dont appear to have wings like this though; so i’m not completely sure what it is. Please get back to me.
Signature: Sarah

Gaudy Sphinx

Hi Sarah,
The individual in your photograph is indeed a Hawkmoth known as the Gaudy Sphinx.  It is unlikely to confuse this beauty with any other North American species since the green coloration is so vivid.  The underwings are also beautifully colored and marked.

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Salt Marsh Moth
Location: Pflugerville, Texas
January 2, 2011 5:17 pm
I found a salt marsh moth in my bag of microbes that I use for my compost. It just hatched from its cocoon inside this moist, warm environment. They are not supposed to hatch until spring from what I understand. What should I do with it? Think it is a male. Put it outside last night. Found it this morning, hadn’t moved, thought it was dead. I brought it in, after an hour it started to walk around. Put it back outside and it did the same thing. It is now inside in a box. What should I do with it? Can it live in a cage until warmer months? Is it too cold to release it? Thank you very much. I do not have an image as of now, but it is white with black spots and a bit of yellow underneath leading me to believe it is a male.
Signature: Nicole

Salt Marsh Moth

Dear Nicole,
Despite years of study, we cannot claim to know more about what insects need to survive than they know about themselves.  Our climate is changing and there is only so much we humans are able to do regarding our own contributions in the global changes that are already set into motion.  If there is a freeze this moth may not survive, but since it was in a “moist, warm environment” it may have been able to survive, but since the Salt Marsh Moth does not eat as an adult, once it begins to fly, it expends its stored energy (fat accumulated as a caterpillar) and its life battery will dwindle.  Built into their own instincts to survive, individuals of various insect species reach maturity at different times, and those that mature when the conditions are correct may find a mate and procreate.  Adult Tiger Moths, though they fly, are not terribly active moths.  Individuals of a related species, the Painted Tiger Moth, are attracted to our porch light each year and often remain without moving for a week or even more.  Alas, we are unable to predict what the future holds for your Salt Marsh Moth.

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Black and White Striped Unidentified insect
Location: Montana
December 31, 2010 12:39 am
Hello. I have a random insect that appeared in my home a couple days ago. I live in Bozeman, MT and I had a Fraser fir in my house and I also have a couple herbs growing in my kitchen (basil, oregano, thyme). My camera wouldn’t focus any closer but zoomed in the picture is fairly good. Thank you very much.
Signature: Jenny

Unknown Small Moth

Hi Jenny,
This is a moth, and since it is small, it is somewhat unscientifically categorized as a Microlepidoptera.  We tried scanning the plates on the Moth Photographers Group without any success.  It looks similar to a Clothes Moth in the genus
Eudarcia that is pictured on BugGuide, be we are confident that is not the correct classification for your specimen.  We do believe your moth is neither a Clothes Moth nor a Pantry Moth, and it may have been transported on the Christmas tree.  You did not indicate if this was an isolated specimen or part of an infestation.  Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck with a species identification.

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Location: Croatia
December 26, 2010 6:11 pm
hey bugman,
we went to croatia this summer and took some lovely photos of mating bugs and now were wondering: what are they?
Signature: Evelyne

Mating Olive Bee Hawkmoths

Hi Evelyne,
We quickly identified your mating Olive Bee Hawkmoths,
Hemaris croatica, on the Sphingidae of the Western Palaearctic website.

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Help identifying a bug please
Location: Seattle WA
December 26, 2010 9:48 pm
Hi bugman,
I found these bugs underneath our bed while we were cleaning the house. They look like worms and they move by extending something from one end of their body and pulling themselves forward. Do you know what they are? My wife is freaking about this discovery.
Signature: Aaron

Case Bearing Moth Larva

Dear Aaron,
This is a Case Bearing Moth Larva in the subfamily Tineinae, and we believe it is a Casemaking Clothes Moth,
Tinea pellionella.  According to BugGuide, they:  “Feed on wool, feathers, fur, hair, upholstered furniture, leather, fish meals, milk powders, lint, dust or paper. Judging by the quantity of pet hair in your photo, they have an ample food supply.  Vacuuming under the bed more regularly to control pet hair should reduce the number of Case Bearing Moth Larvae you find in your home.

Thank you for the quick response Daniel, you’re awesome! :-) I’ll be making a donation to your website!
-Aaron K.

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Whats for supper?
Location: Coal Creek, Queens County, New Brunswick
December 9, 2010 5:24 pm
Hi, I found a Goldenrod Crab Spider on a lilac bush with another bug clasped in its jaws. Is the Goldenrod’s prey a Hummingbird Moth? If so do you know what species it is?
Signature: Christophe

Crab Spider eats Hummingbird Clearwing

Hi Christophe,
We went back through some old mail today to try to answer a few questions we did not respond to this past month and we came across you awesome photograph.  We are guessing that this photo was taken some time before it was submitted because lilacs bloom in the spring.  The Crab Spider has captured a much larger Clearwing Moth in the genus
Hemaris, and we believe it is the Hummingbird Clearing, Hemaris thysbe.  You can compare your image to the photographs posted on the Sphingidae of the Americas Website.

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