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Subject: Giant Moth in San Diego
Location: San Marcos, CA
March 26, 2017 10:54 am
My neighbor found this giant moth outside her door. It has 4 wings like a butterfly and I have scoured the internet to find it to no avail. A friend of mine believes it is a type of sphinx moth. But curiousity has me trying to figure this mystery out.
Signature: Michelle S

Ceanothus Silkmoth

Dear Michelle,
This is a Ceanothus Silkmoth, and we have gotten several submissions this year from Southern California.  We suspect that the wetter winter led to more vegetation, and more food for caterpillars.  This will ensure better survival rates and more moth sightings.

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Subject: Tiger Moth??
Location: Perth, WA
March 25, 2017 6:52 pm
Hello, I found this fluffy guy on my front porch in the Perth metropolitan area, Western Australia. It was found in April 2016. This was the only photo I managed before it flew away! I’ve been trying to find what kind of moth or family it belongs to since. The closest resemblance I can find is a Tiger Moth, what do you think? I would love to finally find out!
Signature: Lisa

Unknown Tiger Moth

Dear Lisa,
We agree with you that this is a Tiger Moth, but we have not had any luck identifying the species.  None of the species pictured on Butterfly House resemble your moth, nor did we find it on the Brisbane Insect site.  We will contact Tiger Moth expert Julian Donahue to see if he can provide an identification.

Hi Daniel,
Thank you! I have been searching for so long trying to find one similar, but haven’t had any luck. Your expertise is much appreciated!
Kind regards,

Julian Donahue provides some information and resources.
Hi Daniel,
Cool moth, and indeed a gravid female tiger moth. Not illustrated in Australian Moths Online
Another CSIRO site that you may find useful for all other groups of Australian insects:
I suspect that it’s a melanic specimen, related to Creatonotos or “Diacrisia,” and may not be from Australia (or an accidental import).
For a modern, updated list of Arctiidae of the Oriental Region, Australia, and Oceania, with current names, check out:
The author, Vladimir V. Dubatolov, may be your best bet for identifying this animal.
For New World tiger moths, I’d suggest Dr. Chris Schmidt, an active worker in the field (Canadian National Collection, Ottawa)
Good luck,

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Subject: What magical creature is this?
Location: Middle of Austria
March 24, 2017 5:18 am
Hi Daniel! I found this beautiful moth today on the tiles of an underground passageway at the local train station (middle of Austria). The temperature was in the 40s, so the moth was pretty sluggish. I rescued it from being stepped on and spent a good 5-10 minutes communing with it before I put it on a tree. What really impressed me was the range of colors, and the fact that the “eyes” look like they were done with silver cloisonne. Can you tell me what this magical creature is?
Signature: N. Fritz

Female Emperor Moth

Dear N. Fritz,
A catchy subject line is always the best way to get our attention and to stand out from much of the chaff we receive, and your “magical creature” reference immediately caught our attention.  This is a female Emperor Moth in the genus
Saturnia.  It might be Saturnia pavonia, a species pictured on Moths of Europe where it states:  “Female Emperor moths possess an organ at the tip of their abdomen from which they disseminate pheromones to attract the day-flying males. A single freshly emerged female can attract as many as 70 males, which can detect the pheromones from distances of a kilometre or more away, using their strongly pectinated antennae as “radar” to home in on the female.  The females are heavily laden with eggs so are unable to fly very far, and after mating lay most of their eggs very near the spot where they emerge. After laying 100 or so eggs they have lightened their load sufficiently to enable them to fly, but unlike the males they fly by night. It takes them about 2-3 days to complete egg laying.  Neither sex has a proboscis, so the moths are unable to feed, and only live until their body fats are exhausted – i.e. about 4 or 5 days.”  The Saturniidae of the Western Palaearctic also has information on the Small Peacock Moth.  A similar looking larger species found in Europe is the Giant Peacock Moth, Saturnia pyri, which is pictured on Saturniidae of the Western Palaearctic where it states:  “Most adults emerge in the late morning, with females calling that same night, often from the base of trees up which they have climbed. Pairing takes place just before midnight and lasts for about 22 hours. After separation, the male flies off in search of another mate. If possible, the female climbs to the highest vantage point possible before launching herself clumsily towards the nearest shadow on the horizon which, often as not, is a tree. The reason for this strange behaviour is that most females carry too many eggs at first and are ‘bottom-heavy’. This stop-start process continues until about 30 eggs have been deposited, usually in chains of five to eight on the trees’ branches or trunk. The rest of the eggs are laid on the leaves and twigs of suitable hosts.”  We will try to get exact species confirmation from Bill Oehlke.  Meanwhile, since you rescued this magical creature from stomping feet in the station and put her on a tree where she may attract a mate, we are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award.

Emperor Moth

Dear Daniel,
I’m honored to be a bug humanitarian! Somehow I intuitively knew to put this beauty on a tree. Thanks for posting the pix to What’s That Bug? and for enlightening me on the mating habits of emperor moths!
N. Fritz

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Subject: Lost in Texas or native?
Location: SanAntonio, Texas
March 19, 2017 9:14 am
I think I’ve got the same moth here in San Antonio, Texas…but what I read doesn’t list Texas for it’s home area….
Signature: Katettt

Tersa Sphinx

Dear Katettt,
This Tersa Sphinx is a native species in Texas, based on the distribution map on BugGuide.

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Subject: striped moth
Location: northern thailand
March 11, 2017 6:55 pm
found this moth at night…about 2 inches across. It looks like a tiger moth or maybe a wasp mimicking moth? Something else? ? Thanks!
Signature: ash

Tiger Moth

Dear Ash,
We agree that this is a member of the group of Tiger Moths known as Wasp Moths.  We have found several similar looking images online.  There is a similarity between your individual and this moth identified as
Amata sperbius that is posted to FlickR, but we believe a closer match is this image identified as Syntomoides imaon also on FlickR.  Here is another member of the genus also pictured on FlickR.

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Subject: What is this moth?
Location: Carlsbad CA
March 17, 2017 11:58 am
See picture
Signature: Justin

Ceanothus Silkmoth

Dear Justin,
This is a female Ceanothus Silkmoth.

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