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Subject: What’s this Insect?
Location: Alberta Canada possibly Costa Rica
May 7, 2016 7:57 pm
We found this in a box of bananas that came from Costa Rica today and we cant figure out exactly what it is or if it came from there or here (Alberta Canada) Any help would be appreciated. The pic is the underside of it.
Signature: Kristy

Tiger Moth

Banana Moth

Dear Kristy,
This image has been open on our desktop for the past week as we have tried unsuccessfully to provide you with a species identification.  This looks to us like a Tiger Moth in the subtribe Ctenuchina to us.  We do not believe it is not a native species, but we wish you had been able to provide us with a dorsal view as most online images of moths are dorsal views.  We browsed through images from the subtribe Ctenuchina on BugGuide, but we could not find a conclusive match.  We will attempt to contact Lepidopterist Julian Donahue who is an expert in Tiger Moths to see if he can provide an ID.

Julian Donahue Responds
This is indeed a ctenuchid (or as currently classified, Erebidae: Arctiinae: tribe Arctiini, subtribe Ctenuchina): a fresh male Antichloris viridis Druce, newly emerged from its cocoon that accompanied bananas (its larval hostplant) imported from tropical America. In his 1975 paper Field reported examining specimens from numerous localities in the United States, three records from England, one from Germany, and two from British Columbia, Canada (Kaslo and Victoria). The native range of this species is from central or southern Mexico south through Central America to Venezuela, Colombia, and Ecuador.
This may be a new record for Alberta, however, so I am copying this to a couple of colleagues in that province.
Best wishes from the glorious Sonoran Desert, where the saguaros are now blooming on our property,
Julian

Thanks so much for the confirmation Julian.  We found an image of the ventral view on UK Moths and we found the common name Banana Moth used there as well as on Encyclopedia of Life.

Daniel;
I googled the information you gave me and that is exactly what it is!!  Thank you so much!
Kristy

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Subject: Moth
Location: Johannesburg, south africa
April 3, 2016 12:38 pm
Hi
Found this moth this morning 9am in Johannesburg south Africa. It’s Autumn here at the moment and the weather is moderately warm with temps in degrees Celsius of about 27. We live in a housing complex with a small garden and pets. The moth was on my net curtain and when I moved the curtain he headed outside into the garden.
Signature: Brigitte

Speckled Footman

Speckled Footman

Dear Brigitte,
Just last week we posted an image of a dead individual of this species of Tiger Moth in the genus
 Utetheisa from South Africa, and today we realized that the common name on iSpot is the very appropriate Speckled Footman, Utetheisa pulchella.

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Subject: Beautiful Snow Prince
Location: San Francisco Bay Area, CA
April 1, 2016 11:22 pm
Hello Bugman!
You answered an email I sent before about a moth, and so I thought I would ask again. I found this beauty while visiting my parents in the SF Bay Area. What kind of moth is he/she? It was such a beautiful creature. :)
Thanks for your help. You’re awesome!
Signature: Claire

Vestal Tiger Moth

Vestal Tiger Moth

Dear Claire,
This lovely moth is a Vestal Tiger Moth,
Spilosoma vestalis, and according to BugGuide:  “Larvae feed on leaves of various flowering trees, particularly oak.”  We believe this may be the first example of this species on our site.

That’s exciting! Thanks again, it made my day seeing the post on Facebook! 😊 Glad to contribute to moth documentation!
Claire

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Subject: Identification
Location: Napier, Western Cape, South Africa
March 10, 2016 9:38 am
Daniel
… The second JPG is of a moth my wife found in the kitchen – again, a first for us. With that colouring we would (should) have noticed it if it’s a local species.
Thanks
Johann
Signature: Johann van der Merwe

Arctiid Moth

Arctiid Moth

Dear Johann,
We are going back through unanswered mail from March in an attempt to post some submissions our readers may enjoy.  This pretty little Arctiid Moth is in the genus
Utetheisa, and it is native to your area.  There are several nice images on iSpot.  The genus is not limited to South Africa.  We even have a North American species which is documented on BugGuide.

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Subject: Which Tiger Moth Is This
Location: Sonoma County California
March 27, 2016 7:34 pm
Having trouble identifying this particular Tiger Moth. Can you help?
Signature: Wayne Ball

Tiger Moth

Tiger Moth

Dear Wayne,
Your Tiger Moth is in the genus
Grammia, and many species in this genus look very similar.  We believe this may be Grammia ornata which is reported from Sonoma County on BugGuide.

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Subject: Orange caterpillar with black spike-like hairs
Location: Córdoba, Argentina
March 2, 2016 1:41 pm
I would like your help in identifying this species of caterpillar. Has you can see in the photos, is body is bright orange with some sort of clack spikes and little black hair all over the body.
They appeared on a creeper-weed like plant, and seems to be quite the number on them in a small area.
Its summer in here, with days with high temperature and high humidity and rains, so it’s possible the plant and/or the bugs are travelers of these stormy weather.
Thanks a lot for any input in the mater.
Signature: López, Eduardo

Caterpillar

Caterpillar

Dear Eduardo,
We have not had any luck finding any matching images online from Argentina, but your caterpillar reminds us of the Polka Dot Wasp Moth Caterpillar or Oleander Caterpillar, Syntomeida epilais, a species found in the Caribbean and in Florida.  We believe your individuals are either members of the same genus, the same subtribe Euchromiina or a member of the Tiger Moth tribe Arctiini, depending upon how closely they are related.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to assist in this identification.  Knowing the name of the “creeper-weed” upon which they were feeding might help.

Caterpillar

Caterpillar

Update:  March 16, 2016
Today we got a comment from Eduardo that included these two images.  Our general identification remains unchanged, and this is most definitely a Wasp Moth in the subtribe Euchromiina.  We will check with Julian Donahue to see if he can provide an identification.

Wasp Moth

Wasp Moth

Wasp Moth

Wasp Moth

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