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Subject:  Beautiful Moth???
Geographic location of the bug:  Tarpon Springs, Florida
Date: 12/10/2017
Time: 04:42 PM EDT
I saw this moth last night on my car..it is just in time for Christmas..with the beautiful red color..  I’ve never seen anything like it!  Please help me Bugman..
How you want your letter signed:  Chrissy from Florida

Spotted Oleander Caterpillar Moth

Dear Chrissy,
This very effective wasp mimic is a Spotted Oleander Caterpillar Moth.

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Subject:  moth to identify
Geographic location of the bug:  Yucatan Mexico
Date: 12/09/2017
Time: 11:24 AM EDT
This looks a lot like Horama panthalon but there are enough differences on this moth to suggest another species. Any ideas?
How you want your letter signed:  John Guerin

Wasp Moth: Horama panthalon

Dear John,
While we acknowledge there is variation between individuals of the same species, we do not notice any significant differences between the image of the Wasp Moth you submitted and the images previously identified as
Horama panthalon on our site.  Furthermore, the markings on your moth looks the same as the markings on the Texas Wasp Moth in this BugGuide posting.  We may be wrong, but we believe the individuals in our archives, your individual and the postings on BugGuide all represent the same species.

Thank you Daniel. It is very kind of you to look into this. I’m sure you are correct in concluding that it is inter-species variation. I do however find it interesting that all 3 photos of the Yucatan specimens have consistent markings behind the eyes and their “panthalons” are quite large while the Bugguide specimens are also all consistent in having slightly different markings and smaller “panthalons”. Of course, regional variations could explain this and perhaps in another thousand generations or so they may indeed become separate species!!!
Thanks again Daniel, its nice to share bug talk with someone who shares the passion.
John Guerin

 

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Subject:  Sphinx Moth?
Geographic location of the bug:  Hialeah Florida
Date: 12/05/2017
Time: 10:23 PM EDT
Dec. 5, 2017 a large (body more than an inch long) critter flew lazily past me and landed on a bush. It was so mellow it walked onto my hand and let me guide it to the top of the bush to have a better photo opportunity.
I tried to ID it and the closest thing I found was a sphinx moth, so maybe it’s in that general area?
How you want your letter signed:  Hialeah Marian

Tersa Sphinx

Dear Hialeah Marian,
This is indeed a Sphinx Moth in the family Sphingidae.  More specifically, it is a Tersa Sphinx.

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Subject:  Looks like Oleander Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Clearwater Florida
Date: 12/02/2017
Time: 06:26 PM EDT
Hi Bugman! I saw this Beautiful Moth? that looks like a Oleander Moth but it has translucent wings. Would it be possible for you to identify this bug for me. I think the colors are beautiful. Thanks Again Very Much!!! Have a Great One! Brent Hansen
How you want your letter signed:  Brent Hansen Clearwater Florida

Scarlet Bodied Wasp Moth

Dear Brent,
The Scarlet Bodied Wasp Moth in your image and the Oleander Moth, commonly called the Polka Dot Wasp Moth, are in the same subtribe Euchromiina,
hence their similar appearance.

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Subject:  Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Katy,  Texas
Date: 12/03/2017
Time: 12:00 PM EDT
Cool looking moth on my house
How you want your letter signed:  Chris

Mournful Sphinx

Dear Chris,
Your submission is not the first one we have received of Mournful Sphinx moths from Katy, Texas.

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Subject:  Insect ID
Geographic location of the bug:  Mexico
Date: 11/20/2017
Time: 02:37 PM EDT
Hello, this insect is located in Mexico(it is November).  Is it a tarantula hawk?
Thanks.
How you want your letter signed:  Not sure

Tiger Moth:  Isanthrene pyrocera

This is a wasp mimicking Tiger Moth, and we believe it might be Leucotmemis guyanensis or a closely related species based on its similarity to this image posted to Bold Systems.  We will attempt to contact Arctiid expert Julian Donahue to ask his opinion.

Tiger Moth

Julian Donahue makes a correction.
Happy Thanksgiving, Daniel.
Our turkey is in the oven, with my signature Mexican stuffing, roasting in preparation for feeding 10 people tonight–with four of them having driven all the way from Albuquerque.
Your moth is Isanthrene pyrocera Hampson, 1898, described from Jalisco, Mexico.
Best wishes from the Sonoran Desert,
Julian

I appreciate you both taking the time to assist.
Have a great weekend.

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