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Subject: Interesting Moth
Location: Lindenwold, NJ
August 14, 2015 5:32 am
Hello Bugman,
I saw an interesting moth, on the concrete, at the train station in Lindenwold, NJ in Camden County. I grew up in this region and can’t remember seeing a moth like this. I looked online, but I could find info on a moth that looks like this.
Thanks,
Leah
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White Furcula Moth

White Furcula Moth

Dear Leah,
We thought your moth resembled a
Tolype, but after searching through Lappet Moth images and other families on BugGuide, we shifted strategies, and went to the Moth Photographers Group where we found you White Furcula Moth, Furcula borealis.  Once we had a name, we easily located the species on BugGuide where it is classified as a Prominent Moth.  The only other image on our site of a White Furcula Moth was submitted nine years ago.

Daniel,
You rock! Thanks for the information.
Have a great weekend!
Leah

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Subject: Moth ?
Location: Clisson, France
April 23, 2015 9:18 am
I spotted this beauty last summer, during Hellfest Open Air Festival (06 / 20-21-22 / 2014) in Clisson, France.
It landed on our tente on the first day, and almost not move for 3 days, despite the sun and the rain.
When we folded the tente, it flew away and landed on the top of a tree.
It was about 5-6 cm long, without antennae, it had hairy and soft paws.
I live in Nantes, near Clisson, and I’ve never seen that kind of bug before.
Does anyone ever seen the same beauty ? What is its species ?
Thank you so much for your help.
Signature: Fleur

Tiger Moth we believe

Lesser Puss Moth

Dear Fleur,
WE believe that this is a Tiger Moth in the subfamily Arctiinae, but we cannot be certain.  We have attempted to search the UK Moths site because we don’t know of a French resource, and we have not had any luck with the identification.

Update:  April 25, 2015
Thanks to a comment from Cesar Crash of Insetologia, we now know that this is Cerura ermine, a Prominent Moth in the family Notodontidae, and that it is called a Lesser Puss Moth according to the Lepidoptera Breeders Association.

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Subject: Oval-based Prominent Moth
Location: Mancelona, MI
July 6, 2014 6:30 pm
The Oval-based prominent moth (Peridea basitriens) is overall a rather dull gray. What makes it stand out are the oval/almond shaped rings/patches that surround its fluffy ruff. It almost makes it look like a stained-glass window. Thus says Bugguide: it has a wingspan of 3-3.5 cm, and it appears to occur here and there throughout the Easter US. I saw several last night, so moth-hunters here in Michigan, keep an eye out for this nifty moth!
Signature: Helen

Oval Based Prominent Moth

Oval Based Prominent Moth

Hi Helen,
Thanks for sending your image of an Oval-Based Prominent Moth.  We are linking to the BugGuide page.

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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: White-Spotted Prominent
Location: Mancelona, MI
June 27, 2014 7:48 pm
This absurdly lovely moth is the Nadata gibbosa, or White-spotted prominent. (It’s not the Nadata oregonensis–Michigan is well out of the range of that look-alike.) This particular one was perched on a bracken fern in a deciduous forest. Yet another of our many recent visitors here just outside Mancelona, Michigan. It’s about 3.8-5.9 cm–thus says Bugguide.
Signature: Helen

White Spotted Prominent Moth

White Dotted Prominent Moth

Hi again Helen,
We fully appreciate the time investment that goes into identifying the incredibly diverse number of brown moths that can be found in North America, and we often never drill down to the species level when we write back to people, hence many moths on our site are identified only to the family level because that is all that time allows.  Thanks again for the research and the excellent image of
Nadata gibbosa, which according to BugGuide is commonly called the White Dotted Prominent Moth, not the White Spotted Prominent Moth as you have indicated.  BugGuide also states it is called the Green Oak Caterpillar Moth. 

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Subject: Brown Moth Attack!
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
October 14, 2013 6:55 pm
Hello Bugman,
Lately, my school and my house have been infested with these interesting small brown moths. They are around two centimeters wide resting and have feathery antennae. I have looked on the internet and can’t figure out what they are! There are thousands of them all over the oak trees. Please help me solve this mystery!
Signature: Sidney

California Oak Moth

California Oak Moth

Hi Sidney,
Thank you for including the information about the oak trees, as that helped us to quickly locate the identity of the California Oak Moth,
Phryganidia californica, by matching to this photo on BugGuide.  Only the males have the feathery antennae.  According to BugGuide, there are:  “Two generations per year in northern California; sometimes a third generation in southern California. Overwinters as a larva on underside of oak leaf. Populations are cyclic: larvae are common in some years, and virtually absent in others.”  The caterpillar is known as the California Oakworm, and according to the UC Davis Integrated Pest Management System:  “The California oakworm (Phryganidia californica, family Dioptidae) is one of many species of caterpillars that feeds on oaks. It is the most important oak-feeding caterpillar throughout its range, which extends along the coast and through the coastal mountains of California. Damage is most common on coast live oak (Quercus agrifolia) in the San Francisco Bay and Monterey Bay regions. Populations vary unpredictably year to year from very high to undetectably low. Healthy oaks generally tolerate extensive loss of leaves (defoliation) without serious harm, so treatment to control oakworms usually is not recommended.”  This must be one of those plentiful years.

California Oak Moth

California Oak Moth

Thank you so much!! :)
Sidneh

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