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Subject:  What is the name of this moth?
Geographic location of the bug:  David, Panamá (Central América)
Date: 09/25/2017
Time: 09:20 PM EDT
Hi. can you please help me to identify this moth… well or at least I think is a moth
How you want your letter signed:  MR

Mating Sphinx Moths: Adhemarius gannascus

Dear MR,
They are a pair of mating Sphinx Moths or Hawkmoths in the family Sphingidae, and we believe we have correctly identified them as
Adhemarius gannascus thanks to the Sphingidae of the Americas site where it states they: ” have been taken at lights in every month of the year in Costa Rica” which probably means they fly year round in Panama as well.  The species is also pictured on iNaturalist.

Hi Daniel.
Impressive, that was fast. Thank you very much to help me to identify this beautiful moth and his mate

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Subject:  Moth in Tuscany
Geographic location of the bug:  Near Siena, Tuscany, Italy
Date: 09/25/2017
Time: 11:42 AM EDT
Grateful if you could ID this moth found this morning. Thanks in advance.
How you want your letter signed:  Bob

Discrete Chaperon

Dear Bob,
This is a Tiger Moth in the subfamily Arctiinae.  We will attempt to provide you with a species identification.

Thanks, Daniel.  I did suspect a Tiger but can’t narrow it down any further.  I hope you are more able!
Best regards,
Bob.

Karl Provides an Identification
Hello Daniel and Bob:
It looks like a Discrete Chaperon (Erebidae: Arctiinae: Cymbalophora pudica). It is a variable species but on the whole it looks like a close match. Regards Karl

Thanks to you both.  Have copied you on a tweet.
Best,
Bob.
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Subject:  Costa Rica Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Guanacaste Costa Rica
Date: 09/23/2017
Time: 06:03 PM EDT
Hola, Found this little one with my son sitting on the ground outside one night. Would love if you could identify it for us. Thanks
How you want your letter signed:  Brian and Mathias

Saucy Beauty

Dear Brian and Mathias,
We are pretty confident this is a Tiger Moth in the subfamily Arctiinae, and we also believe it is most likely a diurnal species, but alas, we were having trouble finding a matching image.  We were about to give up when we found the Saucy Beauty,
Phaloesia saucia, posted to BugGuide.  According to BugGuide, the range is:  “Three southmost counties of Texas / south to Venezuela.”

Aloha,
Wow, thanks for this! My son is going to be very excited to learn this. Thanks a lot for your help
Brian McQuay

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Subject:  Deformed Luna Moth?
Geographic location of the bug:  High Springs, Fl.
Date: 09/21/2017
Time: 07:05 PM EDT
I’m still not sure what I was seeing here but it looks to me like a Luna moth that didn’t enclose completely. It was crawling but obviously couldn’t fly. It kept falling over weeds and flipping onto It’s back so I put it on my oak tree and it energetically crawled far up the trunk.
How you want your letter signed:  Elizabeth C.

Newly Eclosed Male Luna Moth

Dear Elizabeth,
This is a newly eclosed male Luna Moth, but we do not believe it is deformed.  Metamorphosis is a process that takes time.  After the adult Luna Moth emerges from the cocoon, it might take several hours for the wings to expand fully and harden.  We suspect your individual eventually flew away to mate.  Because of your kindness, you may have helped this guy survive, so we are tagging your submission with the Bug Humanitarian Award.

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Subject:  Grey moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Lesbos
Date: 09/22/2017
Time: 07:43 AM EDT
Dear Daniel,
Many thanks for your help in the past.
I have another query for you and would appreciate you help as I wish to use the shot in a talk on Lesbos,
Best regsrds
How you want your letter signed:  William Smiton

Moro Sphinx

Dear William,
We quickly identified this Hawkmoth in the family Sphingidae as
Macroglossum stellatarum thanks to the Moths and Butterflies of Europe and Northern Africa site where the common names are listed as Moro Sphinx or Sphinx du caille-lait. eImagesite has an image from Lesbos.

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Subject:  What the?
Geographic location of the bug:  LA
Date: 09/18/2017
Time: 11:21 AM EDT
My friend posted this on Facebook trying to figure out what this is
How you want your letter signed:  My friend posted this on Facebook trying to figure out what this is

Plume Moth

This is one of the most beautiful images we have seen of a Plume Moth in the family Pterophoridae. 

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