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Subject:  Hawkmoth
Geographic location of the bug:  Bruny Island, Tasmania
Date: 05/18/2018
Time: 03:34 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This moth came to our patio lights when on vacation in Tasmania in 2008. Been trying ever since to find its ID.
How you want your letter signed:  Stephen Smith

Rain Moth

Dear Stephen,
Though it resembles a Hawkmoth, this is a member of a different family, Hepialidae, the Ghost Moths or Swift Moths.  We believe we have correctly identified it as
Abantiades atripalpis, a Rain Moth or Waikerie, thanks to images posted to Butterfly House where it states:  “The moths have grey-brown wings, often with two ragged silver flash markings across each forewing. The forewings often also show intricate sinuous patterns of pale lines. The wingspan of the males can reach 12 cms. That of the females can reach 16 cms.  The adult females deposit large numbers of eggs. Indeed, this species holds the World Fecundity Record, for the greatest number of eggs being deposited by a non-social insect. One dissected female had 44,100 eggs. It is thought that the eggs are laid in flight, just being scattered across the ground.” 

Many thanks, I’ve quite a few Australian moth photo’s as yet unidentified. If you don’t mind I’ll post more in the future as I work my way through them.
Regards Steve.

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Subject:  Moth identification
Geographic location of the bug:  Costa Rica, pacific side, in the mountians
Date: 01/27/2018
Time: 11:02 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello Bugman. Came across this awesome Critter in Costa Rica at first it look like a strange furry cicada but after having him walk on my hand I do believe he was a moth?
How you want your letter signed:  Kat

Wood Moth we believe

Dear Kat,
We believe this is a Wood Moth or Carpenter Moth in the family Cossidae, but we have not had any luck locating a definitive matching image online with a species identification.  We did locate this similar looking individual on FlickR and Butterflies and Moths of North America has some similar looking but not exact images on their site where it states:  “Adults are robust and heavy-bodied, and are typically nocturnal, drab, and mostly gray with black markings. Females are often much larger than males. Eggs are usually laid in crevices or under bark with an extensible ovipositor, and may be produced in vast numbers. Larvae bore into branches or trunks of living shrubs or trees, sometimes causing considerable damage, and require 1 to 4 years to mature.”  Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck than we have had.

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Subject:  Wondering if there is a name for this gentle giant
Geographic location of the bug:  Condell Park, New South Wales, Australia
Date: 01/15/2018
Time: 05:35 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Was working the night shift and came across this gentle giant and was just wondering if it had a specific name?
Besides Moth😏
How you want your letter signed:  Kindest Regards Ray

Probably Ghost Moth

Dear Ray,
We believe this is a Wood Moth or Goat Moth from the family Cossidae, a group well represented on Butterfly House, but we would not discount that it might be a Ghost Moth or Swift Moth from the family Hepialidae, also well represented on Butterfly House.  We not only have trouble distinguishing the families apart, we also have problems with actual species identifications.  The larvae of Wood Moths are frequently called Witchetty Grubs. 

Hello,
Just wanted to take the time to say thank you for your reply!
It is greatly appreciated
Kindest Regards
Ray Davis

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Subject: any clue
Location: North East New Jersey (W Milford)
July 13, 2017 11:09 am
Are you able to identify this … taken today.
Signature: Julie

Wood Leopard Moth

Dear Julie,
This is the second image of a Wood Leopard Moth from New Jersey that we are posting today.

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Subject: Unknown insect
Location: NJ shore
July 13, 2017 9:46 am
Any idea what this is?
Signature: Larry

Wood Leopard Moth

Dear Larry,
This is a Wood Leopard Moth, not to be confused with the Giant Leopard Moth that looks very similar but is not related.  According to BugGuide:  “Unlike the Giant Leopard Moth, this one is not native to the US. Supposedly introduced (from its native Europe?) in mid-1800s; first reported in North America at Hoboken, New Jersey in 1882.  It is considered a pest of some fruit trees.”

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Subject: Cheers
Location: North ga
June 6, 2017 6:50 pm
A beauty
Signature: Ribbit

Carpenterworm Moth

Dear Ribbit,
This is a Carpenterworm Moth,
Prionoxystus robiniae, our featured Bug of the Month this month.

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