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Subject: What is this?
Location: Virginia
July 3, 2014 7:36 pm
Hi!
Just wondering what this was. Thought the coloring was awesome and it struck my curiosity. Our back yard is wooded and when opening the door to let our dog in and out moths and fireflies usually sneak in, however this is the first bug I’ve seen colored like this! Here is a photo of it on my bathroom mirror
Thanks!
Signature: Kim

Ailanthus Webworm

Ailanthus Webworm

Hi Kim,
This pretty little moth is an Ailanthus Webworm.

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Subject: Tulip Tree Silkmoth
Location: Olney, Maryland, USA
July 2, 2014 5:15 pm
Hello!
We were vacationing in Maryland at the end of May, and this beautiful moth visited us one evening. Using your site I identified him as a Tulip Tree silkmoth, do you concur? Sorry about the grainy quality of the photos, it was dark and he was vibrating his wings while he sat on me.
Thanks for all your hard work and insight, whatsthatbug inspires me daily.
Signature: Emily

Tulip Tree Silkmoth

Tulip Tree Silkmoth

Dear Emily,
We agree that this is either a Tulip Tree Silkmoth, which can be viewed on BugGuide, though we would not rule out another member of the genus 
Callosamia.  Where we disagree with your identification is the sex.  This individual is a female as evidenced by the less feathery antennae.

Thanks for the fast reply, I appreciate you taking the time. Less feathery? Wow, I thought they looked pretty feathery indeed, the male’s antennae must be amazing!
Best,
E

Hi again Emily,
You can compare the difference between the antennae of the male and female of the closely related Promethea Moths in this image.

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Subject: Bizarre moth mimicking crayfish
Location: Columbia, NJ
July 1, 2014 5:22 am
We saw this moth on our camper near the Delaware Water Gap, it looked odd, when it flew a short distance and landed it took on a completely different shape…a tiny crayfish! How does a moth evolve to mimick such a creature?
Signature: SeanK

Saddleback Caterpillar Moth looks like Crayfish

Saddleback Caterpillar Moth looks like Crayfish

Dear SeanK,
The illusion you describe is quite effective, and the outline of this moth does look like a Crayfish.  We wish your image had more detail.  Our best guess is possibly a Saddleback Caterpillar Moth,
Acharia stimulea, which is also pictured on BugGuide.

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Subject: Black Rimmed Prominent
Location: Mancelona, MI
June 29, 2014 5:37 pm
This distinctly-patterned moth is the Black Rimmed Prominent (Pheosia rimosa). It can be found throughout North America. Evidently there’s another color morph, with a darker pattern, that was formerly considered a different species–you can see it on Bugguide. The young feed on aspen and willows. This adult showed up on a window after a warm late-June night.
Signature: Helen

Black Rimmed Prominent

Black Rimmed Prominent

Hi again Helen,
Thanks for continuing to provide moth images lacking in our archives.  According to BugGuide:  “”Caterpillar resembles young hornworm caterpillars. Color may be yellow, lavender, pink, green, brown or nearly black. Skin is very shiny. Black horn on last abdominal segment and hard red-edged anal plate.

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Subject: ID please
Location: Roanoke, VA
June 29, 2014 2:21 pm
Hi. This moth-butterfly alit on the siding of a house. Look familiar?
Signature: denis

Luna Moth

Luna Moth

Dear Denis,
The Luna Moth is unmistakable among North American insects, and it is the only member of its genus found in North America, though relatives that look similar are found in other parts of the world, including the Moon Moth of India and 
Actias rhodopneuma from Thailand.

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Subject: Found in garden
Location: Central Michigan
June 29, 2014 5:47 am
Hello, I found this in my garden. I’ve never seen anything like it before. Do you have any idea what it is? It is about 3/4 of an inch long.
Signature: David

Squash Vine Borer

Squash Vine Borer

Hi David,
We just posted another image of a Squash Vine Borer earlier today.  Your image is interesting in that it contains the exuvia of the pupa, indicating that your individual just emerged as an adult.

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