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Subject:  Very Cool Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Central Virginia
Date: 05/20/2019
Time: 10:35 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I came across this moth while mowing. Made sure to move it before going through. Thoughts?
How you want your letter signed:  Mr. Motter

Newly Eclosed Tiger Moth

Dear Mr. Motter,
This Tiger Moth appears to be newly eclosed and its wings haven’t yet fully expanded.  We believe it is in the genus
Apantesis which is pictured on BugGuide.

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Subject:  moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Idaho
Date: 05/15/2019
Time: 10:06 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  hey buggy man…I found this on my wall east side late afternoon in Idaho…we have maple trees and some blue spruce trees. may have some poplar trees around too.
How you want your letter signed:  Gary

Possibly Twin Spotted Sphinx

Dear Gary,
This is a Sphinx Moth in the genus Smerinthus, but we are uncertain of the species as there are to possible species that are known to fly in Idaho, and they are very difficult to distinguish from one another.  One possibility pictured on Sphingidae of the Americas is the Twin Spotted Sphinx,
Smirinthus jamaicensis, and the other species with no common name, Smirinthus ophthalmica, is also pictured on Sphingidae of the Americas

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Subject:  Huge moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Pollocksville, NC
Date: 05/11/2019
Time: 03:52 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello,
Wondering what type of moth this is. It is huge. Id say almost 4 inches across. Also its been sitting in same place all day. Is it possibly dying? Thank you so much.
How you want your letter signed:  Sincerely, Dawn

Male Imperial Moth

Dear Dawn,
This is a male Imperial Moth.  The female Imperial Moth is lighter in color.  Adult Giant Silkmoths like the Imperial Moth do not feed as adults and they live to mate.  Flying takes energy.  The male flies in search of a mate.  If this male Imperial Moth does not sense a female through her pheromones, he may rest until he senses a nearby female.

Very interesting!  Thank you so much.

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Subject:  Furry moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Courtenay BC
Date: 05/02/2019
Time: 10:04 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hey what kind of moth is this? Its big and furty with fern-like antenea?
How you want your letter signed:  Thank you

Ceanothus Silkmoth

This is a Giant Silkmoth in the genus Hyalophora, and we are relatively certain that it is the Ceanothus Silkmoth because of the BugGuide description:  “discal spot on hindwing shaped like an elongated comma pointing toward outer margin, sometimes breaking PM line.”  We believe because of the bushy antennae that your individual is a male.

Ceanothus Silkmoth

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Subject:  Large black wasp? With orange wings
Geographic location of the bug:  Central East Coast of FL, Daytona Beach
Date: 05/11/2019
Time: 12:22 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello, This creature is hanging around my porch. The lizzards are avoiding like the plague.Just wondering if I should be concerned for ppl and pets. Thank You for your time. Have a Great Day.
How you want your letter signed:  Teri

Spotted Oleander Caterpillar Moth

Dear Teri,
The fact that both you and the lizards were fooled by the protective mimicry of the Spotted Oleander Caterpillar Moth is a testament to its effectiveness.  Despite its resemblance to stinging Spider Wasps like the Tarantula Hawk, the moth is perfectly harmless.

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Subject:  Moth from south fl
Geographic location of the bug:  Found on a window in S Florida
Date: 05/10/2019
Time: 01:17 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Could not identify my moth in my Audubon Field Guide, thought you might know .
How you want your letter signed:  Laura Rice

Spanish Moth

Dear Laura,
We remember having to identify this pretty little moth in the past, and that it took us considerable time because we thought we were trying to identify a Tiger Moth in the subfamily Arctiinae.  We did remember that it was actually an Owlet Moth, and when we began to attempt an identification, we quickly found the Spanish Moth,
Xanthopastis timais, on Featured Creatures where it states that it is:  “is unmistakable for any other moth in Florida.”  The site also states:  “The Spanish moth, originally described from Surinam, is found throughout lowland areas of South and Central America, and in the Caribbean. The Spanish moth occurs throughout all lowland Neotropical regions of the Caribbean, and as far south as northern Argentina. In North America, the species has a southeastern distribution, from the Carolinas to Texas, but strays northward along the Atlantic Coast as far as coastal New York, and inland as far north as Kentucky and Arkansas. It occurs in all of Florida.”

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