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Subject: Maine Moth?
Location: Houlton, ME
June 24, 2016 8:57 am
These little creatures never sit still. I was lucky yesterday with a zoom lens.
Signature: Mike from Maine

White Spotted Sable

White Spotted Sable

Dear Mike from Maine,
At first glance we thought this was an Eight Spotted Forrester, but we quickly realized there were subtle differences.  Your moth is a White Spotted Sable,
Anania funebris, and according to BugGuide it is:  “Often mistaken for an Eight-spotted Forester (Alypia octomaculata), which is considerably larger [no overlap in wingspan], has a total of only 8 spots on the wings, and has a prominent tuft of orange hair-like scales on its legs – the ‘leg warmers’ that Hannah refers to in her image of an Eight-spotted Forester.”  Of the White Spotted Sable, BugGuide notes:  “Habitat fields, open areas; adults often visit flowers during the day Season adults fly from May to July Food larvae feed on goldenrod (Solidago spp.) and Dyer’s Greenweed (Genista tinctoria).” 

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Subject: Unknown moth
Location: Orange County, CA
November 26, 2015 7:17 pm
Hi. This moth was on my car window in early morning November. Irvine, So Calif. What is he??
Signature: JulieE

Erythrina Borer

Erythrina Borer

Dear JulieE,
Your image of an Erythrina Borer,
Terastia meticulosalis, is so much better than the one we took at of offices last October.  The Erythrina Borer is an unforgetable moth.

Thank you! I could not figure it out. It was truly wonderful!!!

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Erythrina Borer attracted to porch light
Location:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
October 25, 2015
Upon walking out the front door this morning, we noticed this little Pyralid Moth that we recognized because of previous submissions.  There must be a coral tree nearby to have provided food for the caterpillars.

Erythrina Borer

Erythrina Borer

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Subject: Strange looking moth.
Location: Long Beach, California
September 21, 2015 3:30 pm
I took this picture of a funny looking moth.
It’s about 1 inch long.
I have never seen anything like it before
Would be interesting to know what it is.
I took the picture late in the evening.
I live in Long Beach, CA
Signature: Stefan

Erythrina Borer

Erythrina Borer

Dear Stefan,
The first time we received an image of an Erythrina Borer,
Terastia meticulosalis, we were stumped until a reader supplied us with an identification.  According to BugGuide, it is a:  “Tropical species that ranges north to the US from Florida to California.”

Thank you very much, Daniel!!
Stefan

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Subject: Is this a moth?
Location: Wesley Chapel, Florida
August 12, 2015 7:04 am
Hello, I spotted this beautiful little bug on my Pink Guara yesterday.
What kind of bug might it be?
Thanks,
Signature: Michele

Orange Spotted Flower Moth

Orange Spotted Flower Moth

Dear Michele,
This pretty little diurnal Snout Moth is known as an Orange Spotted Flower Moth or Red-Waisted Florella Moth,
Syngamia florella.  According to BugGuide it:  “Flies rapidly but short distance when disturbed, tends to settle on underside of foliage.” 

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Subject: Trinidad Moth
Location: ASA Wright Nature Centre, Trinidad
April 18, 2015 10:56 am
Thought this would be an easy one but am coming up short.
Signature: Steve nanz

Moth

Snout Moth

Dear Steve,
The illusion of a curled dead leaf that this Moth creates is magnificent.  Even the antennae look like the petiole of the leaf.  We will continue to research its identity, and we hope our readership may assist in the matter. 

Moth

Snout Moth

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