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maybe coming from our fireplace?
Location: watertown, ma
December 1, 2011 3:12 pm
hi there, we keep finding these bugs crawling around our bedroom… we saw one sticking it’s little head out of our fireplace & thought maybe that’s where they are gaining entry.
they seem to just come in & die & some of the dead ones have flourescent green puss/blood…
Signature: thanks or your help! – mary

Winter Moth: Flightless Female

Hi Mary,
Though your photo is not sharp, we are relatively certain this is the flightless female of the invasive exotic Winter Moth,
Operophtera brumata, a European species that has become established in North America.  Here is a previous posting of a Winter Moth from our archive, and you may also find images and information on BugGuide where it has been reported in Massachusetts.

Thank you so much! We thought it looked like a moth, but were thrown by the lack of wings… What a relief to know our home is safe, at least, feel a little bad for our perennials though.
Thanks again!

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Moth name
Location: NW CT.
October 2, 2011 1:48 pm
We live in the woods of NW Connecticut and we often see this moth. It looks like a leaf when in a plant.
Signature: Welles

Maple Spanworm

Dear Welles,
We were relatively certain that this was a Geometrid Moth, and it took us a bit of searching before we found a match with the Maple Spanworm,
Ennomos magnaria, which is represented on BugGuide.  Other common names for the species include The Notched Wing, Notched-wing Geometer
and Notch-wing Moth.  It seems that both the adult and the caterpillar are excellent camouflage artists, and BugGuide indicates:  “Larva: a superb twig mimic – body green, brown, or gray, dappled with minute white spotting; pronounced leafscar-like swellings; head flattened and directed forward with long antennae; legs of third thoracic segment greatly swollen at their base, commonly held out from body; dorsum of second and fifth abdominal segments, and venter of third with raised transverse ridges; eighth abdominal segment with low, darkly pigmented dorsal warts.”

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Moth species?
Location: southern indiana
September 7, 2011 9:57 pm
Any idea on this moth species? The wings are rolled up on the moth as you see in the pic . thxs
Signature: BRIAN

Unknown Moth

Hi Brian,
Research takes time, and we are running late for work.  We are posting this as an unidentified moth and perhaps our readership will come to our assistance while we work a 13 plus hour day.

Update:  September 9, 2011
We haven’t had much time to research this request, and we are thankful to the two readers who submitted comments.  We believe this might be one of the Geometrid Moths in the genus
Pero as has been suggested by one of our readers and this example from BugGuide has the same rolled wing structure as the submitted photo.

Update:  September 9, 2011
With the newest comment to arrive, we believe this might be a Juniper Twig Geometer.  The photos posted to BugGuide are a very strong visual match.



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Moth Buckskin colored with Magenta bars
Location: Gladstone, IL.
August 20, 2011 2:54 pm
Yesterday I saw this brightly colored moth in the grassy area near a lake that was made from an abandoned sand pit. The unusual color and antenna intrigued me. Thanks for your help today and in the past! I was only able to get one view.
Signature: Randy Anderson

Chickweed Geometer

Hi Randy,
This is a Diurnal Inchworm Moth in the family Geometridae and we have identified it as the Chickweed Geometer,
Haematopis grataria, by using BugGuide as a resource.  The plumose antennae identify your individual as a male.

Update from Randy
Chickweed Geometer Moth
Location: Gladstone, IL.
August 22, 2011 2:54 pm
I wanted to thank you for ID of the Chickweed Moth yesterday. Today I saw two more in the same area at Gladstone Lake. One had the under wings towards me and the other had his upper wings towards me.I think they were both males. Thanks again!
Signature: Randy Anderson

Chickweed Geometer Moth

Thanks for the update Randy.  We have added this to the posting from yesterday.

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green moth
Location: Washington State
July 16, 2011 3:30 pm
found this green moth on the outside of my house. Small…probably half inch to an inch wide. Looked like a little red on middle of body between wing areas.
Signature: Georgi


Dear Georgi,
This is one of the moths in the family Geometridae.  The subfamily Geometrinae contains the Emeralds, many of which look quite similar to your moth with its green coloration.

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Beautiful moth with intricate pattern.
Location: Oakland, CA
July 7, 2011 11:12 pm
I fount this beauty on my bathroom wall. I’m really not so good with moths, so I thought I’d get a second opinion on this one. I’m pretty sure it’s a Double-banded Carpet Moth. It would make sense, since a few of my neighbors stockpiled a LOT of firewood, and I know Double-banded Carpet Moths eat firewood. I did a search on your site for Carpet Moths, so I’m sure if you have any pictures of them. I figured that even if I got the identification right, you might like having these anyway.
Signature: Jessi

Double Banded Carpet

Hi Jessi,
Had you not taken the time to self identify what we agree is most likely a Double Banded Carpet, which we verified on BugGuide, we would probably have used the more general family name of Geometrid Moth.  Many moths, 1000s to be sure, have drab coloration and intricate patterns and it is sometimes extremely difficult for our staff to correctly identify them.  We should also correct you.  The Double Banded Carpet moth larva, one of the Measuringworms or Inchworms, feeds on fireweed, not firewood.  This is a new species for our site, though there may be an unidentified Geometrid somewhere in our archives that represents this species.  We are guessing you might be the same Jessi that has recently posted quite a few comments on other postings.  Thanks for taking the time to contribute to our site.

I am the same Jessi. Your site is the best ever! Thanks so much for having it. Please feel free to correct me any time, because I’m here to learn.  🙂

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