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Subject:  Moths
Geographic location of the bug:  Sylacauga, Alabama
Date: 07/29/2021
Time: 11:40 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this beautiful oleander hawk moth in my porch last night but everywhere I look, I see they’re not native to the US. Is this common to see in Alabama?
How you want your letter signed:  Anna

Pandora Sphinx

Dear Anna,
Though it resembles the Oleander Hawkmoth, this is actually a native Pandora Sphinx.  The Pandora Sphinx is not listed on the Alabama Moths site, so you should consider submitting your sighting.

Subject:  ID a bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Orange County Southern CA
Date: 07/25/2021
Time: 03:00 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this bug crawling in my lawn and couldn’t ID it. It’s about 2 inches long.
How you want your letter signed:  Reegs44

Carolina Sphinx newly emerged

Dear Reegs44,
We suspect you have a nearby garden where you have planted tomatoes in the past.  This is a newly eclosed Carolina Sphinx that began life as a Tobacco Hornworm feeding to the leaves of tomato and related plants, which then burrowed into the dirt to pupate, possibly last fall, only to emerge hours before you encountered it.  Its wings have not yet fully expanded and it is not yet able to fly.  We suspect it is now a fully realized imago of a Carolina Sphinx.

Subject:  Two insects or one?
Geographic location of the bug:  Bend, Oregon
Date: 07/19/2021
Time: 12:00 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Seen in the evening, July 19, 2021, Bend, Oregon. Nudged it to see if it was two separate bugs but it didn’t separate.
How you want your letter signed:  Julie

Buck Moth we believe

Dear Julie,
This is a Moth but we can’t see enough detail to provide you with a definitive species (or family) identification, but we believe this may be a Buck Moth in the genus
Hemileuca.  One highly variable species, the Elegant Sheep Moth, is pictured on the Moth PHotographers Group site.  It is also possible this might be a Tiger Moth in the subfamily Arctiinae.

Geographic location of the bug:  PAYSON, AZ
Date: 07/24/2021
Time: 04:38 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I noticed red stripes along wings and other pictures have no red. Is this a male or female
How you want your letter signed:  SUSIE COOKE

Oculea Moth

Dear Susie,
Thanks for submitting your image of a male Oculea Moth or Western Polyphemus Moth.  According to BugGuide:  “Adults are also 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.’ – Butterflies and Moths of North America”

Thank you for the information! Love your site

Subject:  I don’t believe google
Geographic location of the bug:  Ottawa Ontario Canada
Date: 07/17/2021
Time: 10:48 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear bugman,
a friend and fellow nature enthusiast suggested i try your platform in my continuous search for both identification and information on the critters i encounter.
It is mid summer in eastern ontario and i met this flying fashionista in my admittedly overgrown front garden hanging out on some not yet flowering sunflower variety.
My reserve image google searches suggested it is a clear wing moth but i’m not convinced…
Thanks in advance.
How you want your letter signed:  Ivy

Female Peach Tree Borer

Dear Ivy,
This is a Clear Wing Moth in the family Sesiidae, a group also called Wasp Moths because many, including your female Peach Tree Borer, are excellent Wasp Mimics.  The sexually dimorphic male Peach Tree Borer looks like a different species as is evident in this image from our archives of a mating pair of Peach Tree Borers.

Subject:  Oak Eggar?
Geographic location of the bug:  North Carolina
Date: 06/30/2021
Time: 07:28 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman :  This loving couple was found in Charlotte, NC. They look like oak eggar moths, but those live in the UK. Are they oak eggars or something else?
How you want your letter signed:  Jeremy in Charlotte

Mating Pink Striped Oakworm Moths

Dear Jeremy,
The European Oak Eggar is in the family Lasiocampidae and according to UK Moths:  “The Oak Eggar, despite its name, does not feed on Oak, but is so-called because the shape of its cocoon is acorn-like. ”  You have an image of mating Pink Striped Oakworm Moths,
Anisota virginiensis, which are pictured on BugGuide.  If our archives are any indication, sightings of mating Pink Striped Oakworm Moths are not uncommon.