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Subject: moth
Location: southern oregon
April 27, 2016 11:32 pm
Dear Burman,
I see this moth all the time and would love to know what it is. I thought it was a polphemus but the eyes are placed wrong…
Thank you
Signature: Jessica Hulsey

Ceanothus Silkmoth

Ceanothus Silkmoth

Dear Jessica,
This gorgeous moth is a Ceanothus Silkmoth, a west coast species related to the Polyphemus Moth.

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Subject: Newly emerged moth
Location: Randolph Co Indiana
April 26, 2016 3:01 pm
My daughter’s third graders found a cocoon on a building in October in NE Indiana. This morning, one of them yelled “That thing is moving!” And this interesting guy came out… Is it fully metamorphosed? Will the wings expand? What IS it?
Signature: Ms Lovern’s mom

Newly Eclosed Cecropia Moth

Newly Eclosed Cecropia Moth

Dear Ms Lovern’s mom,
Sometimes when an insect emerges from pupation in an enclosed container, the wings do not fully expand.  We hope this Cecropia Moth eventually expanded its wings and was capable of flight, at which point we would recommend releasing it.  Judging by the antennae, it looks like a female.  Even if her wings do not fully expand, she can release pheromones and mate.  In that case, she may attract a mate and lay viable eggs, which could be raised by your daughter’s class, though following that generation may take an entire year.

Thanks! I’ll pass this on to my daughter!

Hello,
My mother messaged you recently with photos of a moth that emerged from a cocoon in my classroom.  Her wings have not yet expanded but it appears she may be laying eggs in the terrarium??  Should we release her even with her closed wings so that she can try to find a mate or wait to see if her wings expand?
Thanks,
Mrs. Lovern

Dear Mrs. Lovern,
If her wings have not expanded after 24 hours, they most likely are either deformed or injured.  Giant Silkmoths only live a few days and they do not eat.  She will not be able to fly if her wings are deformed and her eggs will not hatch if they are not fertilized.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae feed on leaves of various trees and shrubs including alder, apple, ash, beech, birch, box-elder, cherry, dogwood, elm, gooseberry, maple, plum, poplar, white oak, willow.  may also feed on lilac and tamarack.”  You can try releasing her on one of those trees and she may attract a mate.

Update April 29, 2016
Thank you for your reply we did release her and she now has clusters of eggs in the tree where we left her.

 

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Subject: Please identify this moth
Location: Ballarat, Australia
April 26, 2016 12:50 am
Hi bugman,
This moth appeared in my house on 1st April 2016. It stayed for the day and then disappeared. Could you please tell me what is its name?
Thanks,
Signature: Eddie R

Satin Moth

Satin Moth

Dear Eddie,
Why did you wait nearly an entire month to submit your images?  It took us a bit of time to identify your Orange Trimmed Satin Moth,
Thalaina selenaea, though we did notice several similar members of the genus on Butterfly House.  Not until we found this FlickR posting were we convinced our ID was correct, and we verified its identity on ipernity.

Satin Moth

Satin Moth

Thank you so much Daniel! I tried searching the internet myself but couldn’t find this Orange Trimmed Satin Moth. It didn’t occur to me that there would be a website dedicated to identifying bugs until a few days ago.
I had never seen a moth like this before and it also just happened to appear on my 10th Wedding Anniversary so it made it extra special because the colours reminded me of my wife’s wedding dress.
Thanks again and I appreciate the rapid response!
Cheers,
Ed.

Hi again Ed.  Thanks for letting us know about the memories this Orange Trimmed Satin Moth triggered for you.

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Subject: Found this on my sisters doorstep
Location: Newport news va
April 24, 2016 8:13 am
I need help. My sister found this on her doorstep yesterday.
Signature: Help

Luna Moths

Luna Moths

Thanks for sending these great images of a pair of Luna Moths.  The male is the individual on the left with the more feathery antennae.  Like other Giant Silkmoths, Luna Moths do not feed as adults, and when a female emerges, she has only a few days to mate and lay eggs.  She releases pheromones, and the male is able to detect her presence, often from many miles away, because his antennae are sensory organs that can sense the pheromones. 

Luna Moths

Luna Moths

Thank you for your response.  I really do appreciate it.  Have a great day

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Subject: Colorful unknown insect
Location: Southeastern Pennsylvania
April 22, 2016 4:32 am
This bug was on the garage door frame yesterday. It was about 10cm long and 4-5 cm wide.
Signature: Gramma Patty

Luna Moth

Luna Moth

Dear Gramma Patty,
This gorgeous creature is a male Luna Moth, one of our favorite insects.  We just posted our first Luna Moth image of the season a few days ago.

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Subject: What is this bug?
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
April 19, 2016 3:01 pm
Dear bugman,
I saw this bug at home yesterday for the first time ever, and I have no idea what it is. I hope you can help me identify it! I’m in Argentina and fall is just starting here. It’s been very humid and rainy for the past couple of weeks.
Signature: Mercedes

Ailanthus Webworm Moth

Ailanthus Webworm Moth

Dear Mercedes,
This sure looks like a North American Ailanthus Webworm Moth,
Atteva aurea, to us.  Based on this Zoo Keys article, we believe your species is Atteva pustulella.  According to Eco Registros, the latter species is found in Argentina.

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