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Subject: HUGE Moth/Butterfly Thing
Location: Southern California (Glendora)
August 14, 2012 10:39 am
Dear ”bugman”,
I saw this thing outside of my house in March. I have NO idea what this thing is, but I’d love to know. I’ve been trying to google it but I can’t find it. I want to know the exact name of it 🙂
Signature: Curious Girl

Ceanothus Silkmoth

Dear Curious Girl,
This is a male Ceanothus Silkmoth.  Thank you for including information that the sighting occurred in March since such appearances are generally very much tied to climate conditions like temperature and humidity.

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Subject: Type of fly?
Location: Kent State University, Kent Ohio
August 13, 2012 3:43 pm
Spotted outside, close as we could get.
Overcast conditions, 78 degrees.
Signature: Brad Visker

Hummingbird Clearwing

Hi Brad,
This is a lovely photo of a Hummingbird Clearwing,
Hemaris thysbe, a diurnal species of moth that is frequently mistaken for a hummingbird because of its manner of flight.  You can read more about Hummingbird Clearwings on the Sphingidae of the Americas website.

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Subject: what is it?!
Location: cumbria
August 10, 2012 2:32 am
Hi I found this yday and wondered if you knew what it was!
Signature: jen

Elephant Hawkmoth

Hi Jen,
This is an Elephant Hawkmoth,
Deilephila elpenor, a common species in the UK where its pink and green coloration is quite distinctive.  You can get additional information on the UK Moths website.

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Subject: moth Butterfly
Location: Uk England
August 8, 2012 2:32 pm
Can you identify this please . in my garden today .
Signature: paul

Cinnabar Moth

Dear Paul,
This lovely moth,
Tyria jacobaeae, commonly called the Cinnabar Moth or just the Cinnabar, is frequently mistaken for a butterfly.  You can read more about it on UK Moths.

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Subject: Small pink moth
Location: Southern Indiana
August 7, 2012 10:01 am
Dear Bugman,
Your website is really amazing. This is the first time I’ve had to utilize it personally. I can’t seem to identify this moth. It is very tiny. I was thinking something in the genus Pyrausta (species possibly laticlavia) but I am not certain. What do you think?
Signature: Stumped BugGirl

Coffee-Loving Pyrausta Moth

Dear Stumped BugGirl,
We believe you have nailed the genus
Pyrausta, but we believe we have found a better species match.  The part of the wing that attaches to the body is pink on your moth, and all the examples of Pyrausta laticlavia on BugGuide have a more orange color in that area.  We believe Pyrausta tyralis, the Coffee-Loving Pyrausta Moth, is a closer match based on the images posted to BugGuide which includes numerous photos of moths visiting similar composite flowers during daylight hours.  You can also compare your individual to the photos on the Moth Photographers Group and there are many beautiful images on Steph’s Virtual Butterfly Garden that were taken in Florida.

Dear Daniel,
Thank you for the quick response and for the work you put into this website. It is a great tool!

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Subject: Windowsill visitor
Location: Wainwright Alberta
August 3, 2012 12:28 pm
This moth spent the day on my windowsill. I have never seen one with this pattern before and because it was gone this morning i suspect it is a nocturnal moth. He was on my sill from at least 4pm-11pm. I’d love to know the name of such a beautiful individual. sorry the picture is a little unclear my phone was the only thing that would focus on him.
Signature: Jessica

Horned Spanworm Moth

Hi Jessica,
Our eyes are blurry right now after browsing through countless Geometridae pages on BugGuide before identifying this Horned Spanworm Moth,
Nematocampa resistaria.  Both Horned Spanworm and Filament Bearer are names for the unusual caterpillar of this species.  We have several photos in our archive of the caterpillars, but this is our first image of the lovely adult moth. 

Thank you very much! Glad to have helped

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