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Subject: Who dat?
Location: Reston va
June 19, 2014 1:04 pm
My son found this odd critter on our screen. Location- Reston va
Signature: Buggin

Saddleback Caterpillar Moth

Saddleback Caterpillar Moth

Hi Buggin,
We spent many vacations in the late 1960s and early 1970s in Reston because our uncle was one of the first contractors to begin building in the model town, but we haven’t seen it since 1980, and we expect much has changed.  This is a Saddleback Caterpillar Moth as you can see from this matching image on BugGuide.  Though we have not shortage of stinging Saddleback Caterpillar images, this is the first we have posted of the adult moth.

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Subject: Moth in Northeastern NJ
Location: Verona, NJ
June 16, 2014 12:03 pm
Hello … Can you identify this lovely moth? Can’t find him in my field guides.
Thanks so much!
Have a lovely vacation…
Signature: Anne

Tufted Bird Dropping Moth

Tufted Bird Dropping Moth

Hi Anne,
We did have a lovely time on holiday, but we know we will never be able to make a dent in the countless submissions that arrived in our absence.  Fortuitously, we selected your request from our backlog, and we have been obsessed with identifying this lovely moth.  We figured it was in the superfamily Noctuoidae, and we were correct.  We found
Cerma cerintha, the Tufted Bird Dropping Moth, on the Moth Photographers Group website, and we crosschecked that on BugGuide where we learned:  “larvae feed on leaves of plants in the rose family (Rosaceae) such as apple, cherry, hawthorn, peach, pear, plum, rose.”

Tufted Bird Dropping Moth

Tufted Bird Dropping Moth

Welcome back…  I hope you can make a dent in the backlog…  yikes!
Wonderful!  Thank you so much…  I do have an apple tree, and roses in my yard, and the street trees on my block are cherry…
Be well  :-)

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Subject: luna moth?
Location: Fredericton NB Canada
June 16, 2014 1:08 pm
Came across this big guy/gal while walking downtown today! Just wondering if it’s out of character for this species to be in the area?
Signature: buggin out

Luna Moth

Luna Moth

Hi buggin out,
The less developed antennae indicate this is a female Luna Moth.  Luna Moths are native to the entire eastern portion of North America.

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Subject: Moth with Pink Fuzzy Part of Wings
Location: Utah- Idaho Border
June 28, 2014 3:34 pm
Took a photo of this moth after a rainstorm in Bear Lake, Idaho on June 27th 2014. Bear Lake is located on the Utah-Idaho border. We see many kinds of cool moths but haven’t seen one like this before. I searched your site but couldn’t find this pretty guy/gal.
Thanks for your help.
Signature: Laurie

Pandora Moth

Pandora Moth

Hi Lauri,
The lovely Pandora Moth,
Coloradia pandora, actually is represented in our archives, which are quite extensive after more than twelve years online.  The edible caterpillars are called Piuga by the Paiute Indians. 

Thank you so much. I figured it had to be there but my search terms were sketchy – moth with pink fuzzy things!

Well, the good thing about our search engine is that now that will lead a new visitor to a correct identification.

Thanks again.  Love your site and it is so useful although I’m still trying to get over the Jerusalem Cricket…

 

 

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Subject:  Walnut Underwing
Location:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
Date:  June 27, 2014
Most every year, we get at least one visit from a Walnut Underwing, and since the endangered California Black Walnut Trees in the yard are growing nicely, we hope we will see an increase in the moth population.  About a week ago, a tattered individual was on the porch light and for the past several days, this beauty has been seen at night and is generally on the screen door the next morning.  Last night, a huge commotion in the kitchen turned out to be our feisty feline Boris trying to catch this Walnut Underwing which was on the other side of the glass window.  Thought it landed with its underwings visible, it flew before we could get the camera.  These dorsal and ventral (somewhat showing the patterns on the underwings) views will have to suffice for now.

Walnut Underwing

Walnut Underwing

Walnut Underwing

Walnut Underwing

 

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Subject: What bug is this?
Location: Yorktown, VA
June 28, 2014 6:09 am
Looks like some kind of butterfly or moth but the body and legs are strange!
Signature: Carmen

Promethea Moth

Promethea Moth

Hi Carmen,
We believe your Giant Silkmoth in the genus
Callosamia is a female Promethea Moth and you can compare your image to this image on BugGuide.

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