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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

Subject:  Red moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Conyers Georgia
Date: 09/24/2021
Your letter to the bugman:  What kind of moth is this
How you want your letter signed:  J Lowry

Pink Striped Oakworm Moth

Dear J Lowry,
This is an Oakworm Moth in the genus Anisota, probably the Pink Striped Oakworm Moth,
Anisota virginiensis, which is pictured on BugGuide.

Subject:  Lepodopteran identification request
Geographic location of the bug:  USA, California, 12 km west of Bishop in the Sierra Nevada Mts.
Date: 09/21/2021
Time: 04:23 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Came across several of these emerging on August 30, 2021.  Just wondering about the identity of this beauty?
How you want your letter signed:  Frank Baele

Hera Buckmoth

Dear Frank,
This is one of the Buckmoths in the genus
Hemileuca, and we believe it is most likely the Hera Buckmoth, Hemileuca hera, which is pictured on BugGuide where it states:  “Caterpillars feed on basin big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) and sand sagebrush (A. filifolia). Adults do not feed.”

Hera Buckmoth

Hey Daniel, that is great! Much appreciation.  Frank Baele

Subject:  mystery bug
Geographic location of the bug:  coastal Connecticut, USA
Date: 09/19/2021
Time: 09:19 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Please help me identify this beautiful winged insect. It was resting on the wall of a beach locker room in Riverside, CT in August.
How you want your letter signed:  Gideon

Ailanthus Webworm Moth

Dear Gideon,
This pretty Ermine Moth is an Ailanthus Webworm Moth, a native species whose caterpillars have adapted to feeding on the leaves of the invasive Tree of Heaven.

Subject:  Mystery moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Lewisberry, PA
Date: 09/03/2021
Time: 03:09 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found on July 31, 2021. We live near a lot of woods, so often find many different species “hung over” near our porch light in the morning. We keep a list and have been able to identify most, but not this guy. Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  Sarah

Geometrid Moth: Eulithis species

Dear Sarah,
The abdomen on this Geometrid Moth is quite distinctive and we quickly located a matching image on BugGuide which is a member of the genus
Eulithis.  According to BugGuide:  “There is no reliable way to separate adults of these species without rearing or dissection.”