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Subject: Cecropia Moth laid eggs on me…
Location: Garner, North Carolina
June 8, 2014 9:54 pm
This gorgeous baby was sitting outside my friend’s workplace for about a week without moving, and it has been dubbed “Mothra” due to it’s MASSIVE size! About 2 nights ago, this beauty was fluttering around on the ground, a clump of spiderweb attached to it’s legs. Not one to let a poor creature die slowly, I picked it up and cleaned it off. Surprisingly, it didn’t fly away immediately, and instead chose to perch on my hand and start… defecating? No… it was LAYING EGGS. So I attempted to set it down on a nearby mailbox (which was a chore, it kept clinging to my skin), but it stopped producing eggs. I picked it back up to make sure it was okay, and it started popping out MORE EGGS. So I put it down on the windowsill (after much fighting to get it off of me), it stopped making eggs again! I didn’t want to interrupt the reproductive cycle, so I picked it back up and let it lay about a dozen more eggs before placing it on a log (mo re tussling) in the grass and gently scraping the sticky eggs onto the wood nearby. I didn’t stick around much longer (I was on a limited time frame), but I’m honoured to say I was a midwife to one of these moths! My question is, why me? Why did it stop laying on everything else, but chose to lay eggs on me?
-Steph
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Cecropia Moth

Cecropia Moth

This is just a guess.  In a normal situation, if a female Cecropia Moth mates, she will seek out an appropriate tree to lay her eggs upon, but if she did not mate, she would most likely not attempt to lay eggs.  Much of the weight of a mature, female Cecropia Moth is composed of the eggs, and if she is disturbed, which is what happened when you picked her up, she might expel some eggs. 

Thank you so much for your quick reply =] I’m really hoping she wasn’t dying, poor girl didn’t move for a week and I didn’t know what else to do with her =/

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Subject: Luna Moth
Location: 26 State St., Montpelier VT
June 8, 2014 5:26 am
I live in downtown Montpelier, VT. Returning from walking the dog at about 8 AM today (6/8/14), I found this guy resting on the sidewalk right in front of my door. At first I thought it was a leaf, but when I realized it was a moth I figured I had to move it before someone stepped on it (or my dog tried to eat it). After nudging it a bit, it flapped around for a few feet, but seemed to have trouble flying. It ended up in the well of tree planted in the sidewalk. I thought it might be injured. I gently nudged it a bit more, and it managed to get enough air to clumsily climb into the sky, and then it flapped off above the surrounding buildings. It was quite a sight!
Signature: Ryan Kriger

Luna Moth

Luna Moth

Hi Ryan,
For your noble efforts regarding the safety of this male (feathery antennae) Luna Moth, we are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award.  Since Luna Moths do not eat and only live a few days, we hope he successfully locates a mate so he can help perpetuate the species.

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Subject: Spotted Apatelodes
Location: Caledonia, Michigan
June 5, 2014 1:26 pm
Dear Bugman,
My fiancé, Michael, found this bug sitting on a stack of patio furniture outside our local grocery store today. Upon first glance, he thought it might be a baby bat or something of that sort, but after some research I am led to believe that it is a Spotted Apatelodes Moth,Apatelodes Torrefacta. Could you confirm if I am correct? Thanks!
Signature: Melissa Chaplin

Spotted Apatelodes

Spotted Apatelodes

Hi Melissa,
You are absolutely correct.  This is a Spotted Apatelodes.

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Subject: Butterfly species
Location: Loch Eck, near Dunoon in Argyll
June 5, 2014 4:00 am
I saw this butterfly whilst out walking with my family by Loch Eck side which is close to Benmore gardens near Dunoon in Argyllshire, Scotland. I would appreciate it if anyone could help me to identify it as I have never seen this species in this area before.
Thanks
Signature: Marion Houston

Cinnabar Moth

Cinnabar Moth

Hi Marion,
Because of its bright colors and diurnal habits, the Cinnabar Moth,
Tyria jacobaeae, is easy to confuse for a butterfly.

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Subject: Luna Moth
Location: Pulaski Twp Pa
June 1, 2014 6:56 pm
Hi..
This beauty was on my screen door in the morning 6/1/2014. We live in Western PA (Pulaski Twp). One of my friends told me it’s a luna moth. I have never seen anything like this before.
Signature: CeeJay

Luna Moth

Luna Moth

Dear CeeJay,
Is there still a Flea Market in Pulaski on Thursday mornings?  You were correctly informed.  This is a male Luna Moth.  His feathery antennae help him to scent out the pheromones of a prospective mate withing at least a mile.  We believe it is that ability that has allowed the Luna Moth to survive habitat loss.  This guy may have difficulty flying to a mate he is able to sense because he appears to have lost a rear wing, perhaps to a bird that went for the fluttering tail.
  We are featuring your submission as our favorite images of a Luna Moth yet this year.  You should check out these images of mating Luna Moths from our archive.

Male Luna Moth

Male Luna Moth

Hi Daniel,
Yes the flea market is still held on Thursdays no too far from my home!  Sounds like you know the area well.  Thanks for the info on the Luna Moth.  I did some reading after seeing him and was actually sad to read of their short life span.  On the other hand I am happy that I had the opportunity to see him up close!  I will definitely check out the images at the link in your email.
Regards,
Cathy

Hi Cathy,
I grew up just the other side of the Ohio State Line and I spent much of the 1970s at the Pulaski Flea Market in the summer.

 

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Subject: Bug on my squash plants
Location: Copperas cove, Texas
May 29, 2014 9:23 pm
Saw this guy on my squash plants, we’re having a hard time keeping bugs from demolishing our garden without resorting to pesticides so we try to remove them individually. This little guy was just relaxing on a leaf and didn’t appear to be doing anything destructive and relocated to our corn to again just hangout it appeared. Any thoughts on what it is? Our google-fu is pretty weak bug wise and we got nothing that way.
Signature: Dave and Kara

Squash Vine Borer

Squash Vine Borer

Hi Dave and Kara,
If this Squash Vine Borer, a moth that mimics a wasp, lays eggs on your plants, her progeny will bore in the stems, compromising the health of your squash plants.  This article from The Urban Garden might provide you with some helpful tips.

Thanks! We’ve got some neem oil and orange oil to try and I got praying mantids today hopefully they’ll take care of them, I’ll definetly give the article a read!

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