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Subject:  Empower Gun Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Maramarua, TeAroha, Nz
Date: 10/26/2021
Time: 11:11 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I spotted this moth on the wall of Cafe 77 at Maramarua, near TeAroha, Tuesday 26th October 2021.
How you want your letter signed:  Jenny

Gum Emperor Moth

Dear Jenny,
We are thrilled to post your image of a living Gum Emperor Moth.  A few days ago we posted an image of one that was found dead in New Zealand.

Subject:  Big Hairy Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Lower Hutt Wellington NZ
Date: 10/19/2021
Time: 02:24 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, found this moth dead.
Never seen it before.
Please help identify.
How you want your letter signed:  Sophie

Gum Emperor Moth

Dear Sophie,
This is a Gum Emperor Moth,
Opodiphthera eucalypti.  According to CitSciHub.NZ:  “The Emperor Gum moth, Opodiphthera eucalypti, is a large hairy nocturnal species of moth native to Australia and were introduced to the North and South Islands of New Zealand about 1939 .
The moths live for no more than a couple of days and they never eat.”

Thank you! I worked it out in the end.
No wonder it was dead as it has such a short life!

Subject:  Black and gold moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Aylmerton 2575 NSW Australia
Date: 10/22/2021
Time: 06:41 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello
How you want your letter signed:  Achim

Coprosma Hawk Moth

Dear Achim,
This is a Coprosma Hawkmoth,
Cizara ardeniae, and we identified on Butterfly House where it states:  “The moth itself is a handsome dark brown with a green sheen, with white edges to the wings and white bars across the wings and abdomen. It normally rests with these white bars aligned on each side to form a single stripe across the moth. This may give effective camouflage, misleading the eye to see the front and back as separate entities, neither of which is especially shaped like a moth. There is a black dot in each of the white areas at the base of each wing, which look perhaps like eyes, and with the double bar across the abdomen looking like a mouth, make the moth look like a mean monster.”

Coprosma Hawk Moth

Hello Daniel,
thank you so much for your speedy response. This type of moth is very pretty and it is rare these days to spot a little friend like that.
Keep up the good work.
Kind regards
Achim

Subject:  moth species
Geographic location of the bug:  Southwest Chicago Suburbs
Date: 10/23/2021
Time: 05:59 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi!
What kind of moth is this? Its eyes are fascinating.
How you want your letter signed:  Cathy Z.

Whitelined Sphinx

Dear Cathy,
This is a Whitelined Sphinx Moth, one of the widest ranging species in its family.  It is found throughout the continental United States.  Sphinx Moths have excellent eyesight.  They are often mistaken for hummingbirds when they take nectar from blossoms while hovering in place.  Here is a BugGuide image for comparison.

Subject:  What is this monstrosity
Geographic location of the bug:  Phoenix Arizona
Date: 10/02/2021
Time: 08:40 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I’m generally afraid of insects and i saw this thing and almost died of fright. Just want to know who my almost killer is. Btw thats almost the size of my palm…

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How you want your letter signed:  Scared of bugs

Achemon Sphinx

Dear Scared of Bugs,
This Achemon Sphinx Moth is perfectly harmless.  It cannot sting nor bite.

Subject:  White Fluffy Moth COLORADO
Geographic location of the bug:  Fort Collins Colorado
Date: 09/26/2021
Time: 10:52 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, my fiancée woke me up this morning to show me this moth, which neither of us have ever seen before in this region.
How you want your letter signed:  Thomas

Tolype species

Dear Thomas,
This is a Lappet Moth in the genus
Tolype, but we are uncertain of the species.  According to BugGuide:  ” there is considerable variation among individuals and between the sexes of all Tolype species, which complicates identification of species based on color.”

Thank you very much for your research. Have a wonderful day!
Best,
Thomas