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Subject: Pretty moth on my walk
Location: Longmont, CO (Near Boulder)
June 30, 2016 3:50 pm
Hello friend,
Thanks for always doing such a great job with this site. I follow you on Facebook avidly. :) I saw this critter on my walk to work and was so intrigued by the “eyes” near its antennae and the beautiful pattern on its wings that I stopped and took a photo so I could send it to you.
Thanks for any information you can share. :)
Signature: Claire, who loves moths

Snout Moth

Alfalfa Webworm Moth

Dear Claire,
This is one of the Snout Moths in the family Pyralidae, which according to BugGuide has “681 species in our area” in North America, or Crambidae, which according to BugGuide has “861 species in 10 subfamilies in our area.”  Many species in the families look quite similar, though the markings on your individual are quite distinctive, though subtle.  We will continue to browse through BugGuide and the Moth Photographers Group in an attempt to identify your species. 

We now believe this is the Alfalfa Webworm, Loxostege cereralis, based on images posted to BugGuide where it states:  “larvae feed on alfalfa and a variety of other crops and weed species.”

As always, thank you so much your hard work! It is always really cool to know more about the area and the plants/animals that live in it! I have seen many more of these since I sent it to you, it must be the right time of year for them to thrive.
Claire

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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).” 

Thank You, I really appreciate what you all do.  I will continue to look for new, and interesting insects up here in Northern Maine. :)

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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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