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Subject: Mystery Moth
Location: Southern California
July 21, 2017 7:24 pm
Do you know the name of this moth? It was hanging on my house today, July 21. It is under 1″ in length. It looks like it should be on a tree.
Signature: Terry

Unknown Snout MOth

Dear Terry,
We are pretty confident this is a Snout Moth in the superfamily Pyraloidea, but we have not had any luck securing an identification on either BugGuide or the Moth Photographers Group.  Perhaps one of our readers will have more luck than we have had.

Thanks so much, Daniel. There’s a great website for it natural history in orange county California that UC Irvine sponsors, and that’s my usual go to.
But this moth was not on that site and was so distinct with those green eyes and that beautiful wood bark finish that I thought for sure someone be able to ID it. I am going to post it on my Instagram page and see if any of the avid insect people there can come up with an ID. If they do, I will get back to you.

Hi Terry,
We also checked that site and as you observed, there is no similar looking moth.

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Subject: moth
Location: Northern Arizona
July 21, 2017 4:02 pm
what kind of moth is this?
Signature: Connie

Possibly Oculea Moth

Dear Connie,
This is probably a Polyphemus Moth, a beautiful moth with startling eyespots on the underwings.  If your submission had come from any state other than Arizona, we would be very confident with that identification, however, parts of Arizona and New Mexico are the range for the Western Polyphemus Moth or Oculea Moth, that is described on BugGuide as being:  ” similar to A. polyphemus, but darker and with more markings around the eye spots. ‘Upperside of wings is tan, sometimes with a yellowish or reddish tint. Forewing margin is the same color as the basal area; submarginal line is black. Rings around the eyespots are orange, blue, and black. Underside has contrasting rust, brown, and white markings.'”  We would need to see an image of the open wings to make a more definitive identification.

Thank you for your prompt response.  After studying the pictures of each, I believe the Oculea Moth is the closest match. He is gone now so I cannot get anymore pictures. I live in Show Low, Arizona which is located in the White Mountains.  The elevation here is 6350.
Again than You,

Thanks for the additional information Connie.  Oculea Moths do tend to be found at higher elevations.

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Subject: Sphix Moth
Location: Northern Wisconsin
July 20, 2017 10:33 am
I photographed this moth in late July (July 19) in Vilas County Wisconsin (northern WI). It looks like a Big Poplar Moth, but it’s coloring is not quite right. Can you help identify it?
Signature: Julie Draves

Modest Sphinx

Dear Julie,
We verified the identity of your Modest Sphinx,
Pachysphinx modesta, on Sphingidae of the Americas.  It is also commonly called the Poplar Sphinx.  A similar looking, related species in the same genus, Pachysphinx occidentalis, is commonly called the Big Poplar Sphinx, but it is a western species not reported in Wisconsin according to Sphingidae of the Americas.


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Subject:  Moth
Location:  Southold, Long Island, New York
July 18, 2017
Hi Dan here’s  a beauty it was on my deck. Southold LI NY. Very happy to sit on my finger. Please let me no what she is.
Thank you Mary

Figured Tiger Moth, we believe

Dear Mary,
This is a Tiger Moth in the subfamily Arctiinae.  We believe, based on this BugGuide image, that it is a Figured Tiger Moth.  Did you get a look at its underwings?  It seems there are various degrees of red on the underwings, with this BugGuide example being very red.  There are some similar looking Tiger Moths in the genus, so our identification is questionable at best. 

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Subject: Grapeleaf Skeletonizer?
Location: coastal North Carolina
July 18, 2017 9:46 am
These small moths were feeding from mountain mint and rattlesnake master on July 15th. I suspect they are Harrisina americana, the grapeleaf skeletonizer, but a friend from the facebook group “Pollinators on Native Plants” suggested they might be the orange-collared scape moth, Cisseps fulvicollus. Since I do have a few grapevines in the yard, I suspected the former, and I don’t believe the latter species habitat range extends to this region. Thanks for any input.
Signature: Dave Hobbs

Grapeleaf Skeletonizer

Dear Dave,
You and just about everyone in North America lives within the range of the Orange-Collared Scape Moth according to BugGuide data, however, we agree with you that these are Grapeleaf Skeletonizer Moths based on this and other BugGuide images.  The BugGuide description is:  “wings narrow, completely black, held spread out and away from body at rest; collar orange/red, complete (not broken, as in Clemen’s False Skeletonizer); tip of abdomen has prominent tufts of scales; antennae pectinate in both sexes, and plumose in male.”

Grapeleaf Skeletonizers

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Subject: Flying Insect
Location: Palm beach gardens, FL
July 17, 2017 11:41 am
I’ve never seen an insect like this. I hope you can let me know as I’m very curious.
Signature: Deb

Polka Dot Wasp Moth

Dear Deb,
This striking insect is a Polka Dot Wasp Moth, and they are not uncommon in Florida where the larval food plant, oleander, is found in many gardens.  The red background on your image is quite bold, but the red tip on the moth’s abdomen blends in.  That red-tipped abdomen is protective coloration for this species as it mimics the coloration of many stinging wasps.

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