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Subject: What is this?
Location: Denver Colorado
August 5, 2015 3:58 pm
Hi. My nephew sent me this picture from their backyard. Have to love summertime in the rocky mountains! No one know what this is. We hope you can help.
Thank you
Signature: Hillary Arellano

Mating Peach Tree Borers

Mating Peach Tree Borers

Hi Hillary,
Despite the lack of critical focus, the distinctive markings of these sexually dimorphic, mating Peach Tree Borers,
Synanthedon exitiosa, are quite apparent.  The darker individual in the pair with the bright orange band is the female.  Peach Tree Borers are moths in the Clearwing family Sesiidae.

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Subject: Moth claims strawberry for dinner
Location: Mankato, Minnesota
August 4, 2015 3:47 pm
Dear Bugman,
I captured this moth for identification. He was quite adamant about not wanting to share my strawberry. I thought it resembled a trumpet vine moth. Could you please confirm if I identified it properly?
Signature: Tera Sandon

The Herald

The Herald

Dear Tera,
We disagree with your belief that this is a Trumpet Vine Moth,
Clydonopteron sacculana, a species pictured on BugGuide.  Rather, we believe it is The Herald, Scoliopteryx libatrix, a species also pictured on BugGuide where it is described as:  “Distinctive. Scalloped outer margins of forewing and hindwing. Forewing is gray with wavy lines, has central bright orange patches with metallic flecks.”

Thank you for the prompt reply.  I too believe you are right about the identification. The place that I found it was in the strawberries under the white birch.  I have two old Poplar trees in the yard and can safely assume that it may have grown up and developed on one of them. I’ll be sad to see those trees taken down next week.    How very fascinating to be able to host such beautiful creatures in my yard and gardens.  The plethora of insects that visit my yard are too many to count. It’s a site to behold and the only ones that irritate me are the mosquitos.  Thanks again for your help in identification.

Hi again Tera,
After creating a new posting for you, we realized we had a UK posting of The Herald as well, and we learned on UK Moths:  “Quite a spectacular species, this colourful moth overwinters as an adult, and as a result, can be one of the last species to be seen in one year, and one of the first in the next. It is also sometimes found hibernating inside barns and outbuildings.  The adults are attracted to both light and sugar” which probably means that was a very sweet strawberry.  They are members of the family Erebidae which includes The Black Witch, Underwing Moths and Fruit Piercing Moths, all long lived representatives of the family.

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Subject: Is this a type of moth?
Location: Haines City. Florida
August 4, 2015 9:06 am
Is this a type of Moth?
Signature: Alex Dove

Banded Sphinx

Banded Sphinx

Dear Alex,
Your moth is a Banded Sphinx,
Eumorpha fasciatus, and you can compare your image to this image on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae feed on Evening Primrose, Oenothera species, Water Primrose, Ludwigia species, and other related plants (Onagraceae).  Adults are crepuscular to nocturnal and feed on nectar.”

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Subject:  Need to know What Bug is this?
Location: Pune, Maharashtra, India
Aug 1 2015
Hi,
We got this bug clicked at Pune city, Maharashtra, India. Not sure what species and name of this.
I guess this is some kind of Moth.
Could you please provide the details please.

Oleander Hawkmoth

Oleander Hawkmoth

This is a newly metamorphosed Oleander Hawkmoth and its wings have not yet expanded.

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Subject: A black-winged pink-headed bug
Location: Jiangsu province, China
July 31, 2015 7:11 am
Hi, Could you help me identify the species/ name of this bug? thanks
Signature: a bug lover

Histia flabellicornis:  Leaf Skeletonizing Moth

Histia flabellicornis: Leaf Skeletonizing Moth

Dear bug lover,
This request had us confused for a bit at first.  Though it looks decidedly mothlike, the antennae had us believing this might be a Fishfly in the Subfamily Chauliodinae, which delayed our ability to quickly find an identification.  Then we found a similar looking diurnal moth from China on FlickR that is identified as
Cyclosia midamia in the family Zygaenidae and we resumed our search, eventually finding a side view of Histia flabellicornis on the Digest of Taiwan Lepidopterology page.  A dorsal view on FlickR has us confident that your moth is indeed Histia flabellicornis, a Leaf Skeletonizing Moth in the family Zygaenidae.  Insect Creations describes it as:  “A wonderful and some what rare moth. The wing shape is very unique.”

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Subject: Luna Moth in Virginia
Location: Midlothian, VA
July 31, 2015 8:34 am
This was a luna moth I spotted yesterday in Midlothian, VA. I had never seen one before! It is amazing! I put my finger up to it to try to show how large it is. All I really accomplished was to show how much I need a manicure! :)
Also, just an FYI – your site has really tacky ads with very inappropriate content. I won’t recommend children to visit this site because of that. I closed it out and commented that it was inappropriate. Just wanted to let you know so you could contact your provider or something.
Signature: Nancy Morin

Luna Moth

Luna Moth

Dear Nancy,
Thanks for sending in your image of a gorgeous Luna Moth.  We did not receive as many submissions of Luna Moths this year as we have in the past.  Thanks for expressing your concern regarding “tacky ads with very inappropriate content” but the fact is that we cannot afford to run our site without Google ads.  Out of curiosity, we viewed our homepage just prior to crafting our response to you, and we found ads for Solar Energy, Dresses and a Flea and Tick Collar on our own computer.  A few minutes later those were replaced by a popular car company, a medical condition with unsavory symptoms and extreme urban stunts.  Because of the preponderance of exterminators that use Google Ads, and because we cannot control the advertisers, many years ago we added the disclaimer on our site above the first ad that “What’s That Bug? does not endorse extermination” to distance our actual content from the advertisements.  It is our understanding that Google ads are also very specific to the personal computer upon which they appear.  According to Wikipedia, the advertisements :  “are targeted to site content and audience,” meaning that the activity on your own computer has some effect on the ads that are generated.  So, if someone using your computer did research on buying a new car, when you later visit What’s That Bug? you might see car ads appear.  You were not very specific about the content you observed, but at least we have never seen a Google ad for pornography crop up on our site.  In a perfect world, we could operate without any advertisements, but that time has not yet come.  We are sorry that you cannot recommend the site to children because we believe our actual content is very PG rated, and when we do address adult themes, we resort to wit before vulgarity.

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August 5, 2015 4:25 pm
OK…I love butterflies but your ads like the one below “lengthen Your Healthspan” with the naked woman with black thin leather straps around her “flesh” is unexceptible for your PG site.  The other person commenting recently was correct.
Signature: Lee

Thanks for your concern Lee, but as we stated previously, we cannot control the content of the google ads and we cannot run our site without advertisers.  We will copy our technical staff to further investigate.

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