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Found in Kansas City
Location: Northern Missouri
October 24, 2010 8:41 am
This fella was found in a conservation area, in Kansas City, Missouri.
Signature: Dee

Ornate Moth

Hi Again Dee,
We discovered on BugGuide that “Utetheisa ornatrix & Utetheisa bella were formerly considered separate species; now they are considered subspecies (Utetheisa ornatrix ornatrix and Utetheisa ornatrix bella, respectively) of a single species
” known as the Rattlebox Moth.  Your photo is of the subspecies also known as the Ornate Moth, Utetheisa ornatrix ornatrix.  According to Bugguide:  “The mostly pink or yellow ‘bella’ form is common and widespread, whereas the paler ‘ornatrix’ form is restricted to southern Florida and southern Texas” which means your photo from Kansas City is a good bit north of the typical range of this subspecies.  If your photos were taken at times radically different from when they are submitted, please include that information.

I took the photo of the Ornate Moth in July, 2010, in Northwestern Missouri. It was at a conservation area called Monkey Mountain, in Grain Valley, Missouri, a suburban area on the Eastern side of Kansas City

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I have several photos
Location: Northern Idaho Panhandle
October 24, 2010 8:36 am
I am a hobby photographer, and I have several photos of creatures I am unable to identify.
I took this photo when I was living in Sandpoint, Idaho. It was sitting on a stack of firewood, but climbed onto my hand with no prompting.
Signature: Dee

Ranchman's Tiger Moth

Hi Dee,
We are so happy you have a lovely creature you would like identified as we have been fielding so many recent identification requests from folks who believe the Stink Bugs, Carpet Beetles and other creatures they have found in their homes might be Bed Bugs.  We identified your Ranchman’s Tiger Moth,
Platyprepia virginalis, by first going through the Arctiid Plates on the Moth PHotographers Group website.  Then we searched BugGuide where we found a nice posting that includes the eggs,  the caterpillars and the adults of this lovely allegedly diurnal Tiger Moth.  Your letter did not indicate the month of the year for the sighting.

I shot the photo in  mid-June of 2009, I was on Gold Cap Mountain, in Priest River, Idaho.

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Oleander Hawkmoth in Virginia?
Location: Fredericksburg, Virginia USA
October 21, 2010 10:54 pm
I submitted photos of this specimen to you a couple of weeks ago but apparently my subject line failed to catch your attention, so I’m re-submitting it with a better subject line.
I found this moth on the trim molding outside my garage in Fredericksburg, Virginia back in September, and it remained in place for several days before disappearing one night. None of my friends or neighbors had ever seen one like it before so I thought I’d submit it to you for identification. Tonight, after reading the recent postings on the site I saw a picture of one in Hawaii that looked very similar, so I thought I’d contact you again.
Signature: Bernie

Pandora Sphinx

Dear Bernie,
While your moth looks somewhat similar to an Oleander Hawkmoth, you have photographed a native species known as the Pandora Sphinx.

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Japanese Hummingbird Moth
Location: Kawagoe, Japan (just north of Tokyo)
October 23, 2010 12:00 am
Hello Mr Bugman,
I was very happy to find Britta Stein’s recent post on your site, because I’ve seen this bizarre creature too, and couldn’t figure out what it was. The photos were taken on October 19, 2010. The uncanny thing is that it behaves exactly like a hummingbird. The flight is very similar; it can hover motionless (unlike many moths), and it likes nectar. I got the impression this one was about 8cm long.
One of my Japanese companions said that it was a moth, but I thought she was crazy. I owe her an apology!
Signature: Lewis James

Hummingbird Moth

Dear Lewis,
Hummingbird Moth is a relatively generic name for any of the diurnal Sphinx Moths that appear to be hummingbirds as they hover before blossoms gathering nectar.  The species submitted by Britta Stein is different from your moth.  We believe you have submitted photos of a member of the large genus
Macroglossum which is well represented on the Sphingidae of the Eastern Palaearctic website, and a likely candidate is Marcroglossum saga, which according to the Sphingidae of the Eastern Palaearctic, is found throughout Japan.

Hummingbird Moth

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What moth is this?
Location:  Brownsville, Kentucky
October 20, 2010 11:56 am
I took this picture on 10/17/10 in Kentucky and was wondering what type of moth this is. I found them on this leaf and both of them had their wings closed until I picked it up to get a picture in the sun and the one opened it’s wings. Also, is image #2 a chrysalis for this moth?
Signature:  Susan

Dot Lined White Moths

Hi Susan,
We were amazed at the speed with which we identified your Dot Lined White Moths,
Artace cribraria.  We observed a similarity to the genus Tolype, so we searched the Tent Caterpillars and Lappet Moths on BugGuide, and quickly found a match in the Dot Lined White.  According to BugGuide:  “adults fly from June to October (1), or as early as March in the south  Food  Larvae feed on leaves of oak (Quercus), cherry (Prunus), and rose (Rosa).”  It is highly likely that the cocoon is also that of a Dot Lined White.

Dot Lined White Cocoon

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Wasp Moth?
Location:  Tampa, FL
October 18, 2010 3:55 pm
This little dude was hanging out on the door frame to my apartment, and after much searching can’t find anything he resembles except a polka dot wasp moth, but he doesn’t seem to have the right coloring or markings.
It is mid-October in West Central Florida near Tampa, and while I tried to get as good a picture as possible, the light isn’t amazing. His wings were a dark orange-red, and his body a dark blue or purple. His body also had a powdery look to it, instead of shiny.
Any ideas?
Signature:  HG

Spotted Oleander Caterpillar Moth

Dear HG,
Even though we lightened the levels on your photograph, the image does not do justice to the lovely red wings of the Spotted Oleander Caterpillar Moth,
Empyreuma affinis, which can be viewed in our archives as well as on BugGuide.  You are correct in your comparison to another wasp mimic Tiger Moth, the Polkadot Wasp Moth

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