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Moth unknown
Location: Naples, FL
November 23, 2010
Hi Daniel,
Thank you for you reply.  I have a large “Orange Jasmine” bush that flowers often and profusely. This brings in lots of flying insects and the flying insects attract tropical orb spiders.
I have attached some photos.  You may use any of the photos I have sent to you, my compliments.  If there are numbers in the file name they are the year, month, day.
The file named Moth_unknown:  I see many similar types of moth when the jasmine blooms.
I live on eight acres, about 8 miles east of Naples, FL.
Regards,
Robert Lenahan

Streaked Sphinx: Protambulyx strigilis

Hi again Rober,
This gorgeously aerodynamic Sphinx Moth is
Protambulyx strigilis.  According to the Sphingidae of the Americas website it is commonly called the Streaked Sphinx

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Brown Moth
Location: Holualoa, HI
November 20, 2010 2:03 am
The moth is about 1.2” long with a teardrop shaped body covered with short silky hairs. The wings do not look like any moth wings I have ever seen. They look more like seedpod wings.
Signature: Gini

Vine Hawk Moth

Hi Gini,
Your Vine Hawk Moth,
Choerocampa rosetta, which we identified on the Sphingidae of the Americas website, is an Asian species which has been recorded in Hawaii since the late 1990s.  We are not certain why Bill Oehlke divides the compound name Hawkmoth into two words as this is atypical.

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Pink Moth
Location: Calf Creek Canyon, Utah
November 20, 2010 3:42 am
Found this moth in Utah.
Signature: Gini

Tiger Moth

Hi Gini,
We identified you Tiger Moth on BugGuide as
Arachnis citra, a species with no common name.  Interestingly, all the specimens posted to BugGuide were found in Utah.  The Butterflies and Moths of North America website also indicates it it found in Nevada and Colorado.

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insects
Location: Guinea, West Africa
November 18, 2010 4:13 pm
Photo 1. This is the funniest bug I’ve ever seen. It is NOT PHOTOSHOPPED. It couldn’t fly, but maybe because it was injured. We saw it during dry season.

Handmaiden Moth

Photos 2 and 3. This beetle was also seen during the dry season. Its head is like that of a locust and it had big pinchers. It was flightless.
Signature: Gabriel

Longicorn Beetle

Hi Gabriel,
We believe the moth is one of the Arctiid Moths.  We will try to send the image to an expert in Arctiids named Julian Donahue in the hope that he can provide a species identification.  The Beetle is a Longhorned Borer Beetle in the family Cerambycidae.  They are commonly called Longicorns.

Longicorn Beetle

More identifications courtesy of Karl
Hi Daniel and Gabriel:
I believe the longicorn is probably Phryneta aurocincta (Cerambycidae: Lamiinae: Phrynetini). It is widely distributed through west and central Africa.  The moth looks like it could be Amata (=Syntomis) alicia, an Arctiid in the subfamily Ctenuchiinae.  It apparently occurs in north, east and south Africa, but I wasn’t able to confirm that west Africa is also in its range.  It seems the Ctenuchiinae are known as handmaidens in Africa, and Amata alicia has the delightful common name Maid Alice (perhaps also Heady Maiden).  Another possibility could be A. tomasina, which definitely occurs in West Africa and looks quite similar to the posted photo in some illustrations, but overall doesn’t appear to be as close a match. Anyway, I think that is probably the correct genus. Hopefully Julian Donahue can nail it down. Regards.  Karl

Thanks Karl.

Julian Donahue confirms Karl’s identification
November 21, 2010
Daniel,
Appears to be in the genus Amata (placed in Syntomis by Hampson in 1898), close to alicia Butler, 1876–reported from Abyssinia, Somalia, and South Africa. I don’t have the resources at hand to do any better than this (need to see the underside coloration).
A search on Google Images of this name produces photos of similar moths (but beware of misidentifications!), which don’t show as much black at the base of the abdomen.
Julian P. Donahue

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Danger?
Location: Polk County, Florida USA
November 12, 2010 2:31 pm
These bugs appear annually in the area of Polk County, FL, in mid-November and seem to feed on shrub flower nectar. Thanks for you help.
Signature: John in Central FL

Polka Dot Wasp Moth

Hi John,
Though it resembles and mimics a stinging wasp, the Polka Dot Wasp Moth is not a dangerous insect, except possibly if eaten.  The caterpillars feed upon poisonous oleander leaves, and it is uncertain if they retain the poisons in their systems, providing a layer of defense based on inedibilty.

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Underwing Moth
Location: Ancaster, Ontario
November 16, 2010 4:58 am
This underwing invited itself into the house and I took the photos in June of this year. I captured it in a vase to get a closer look and to take some pictures of it (and also to keep my cats from eating it) and then let it go back outside.
I love their aerodynamic little faces.
Signature: Cheryl-Anne

Greater Yellow Underwing

Hi Cheryl-Anne,
We nearly went dizzy scrolling through all the individuals in the Owlet Moth family Noctuidae on the Moth Photographers Group which does not recognize the newer taxonomy on BugGuide of the superfamily Noctuoidae.  This is one large family or superfamily, but we finally found
Noctua pronuba on the Moth Photographers Group on Plate 33 (Noctuidae, Noctuinae), and it matches your moth.  BugGuide identifies Noctua pronuba by the common names Greater Yellow Underwing, Large Yellow Underwing or Winter Cutworm (larva) and states that it was:  “Introduced from Europe to Nova Scotia in 1979, this species has since spread north to the Arctic Ocean, west to the Pacific, and south to the Gulf of Mexico.

Greater Yellow Underwing

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