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Subject:  Empower Gun Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Maramarua, TeAroha, Nz
Date: 10/26/2021
Time: 11:11 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I spotted this moth on the wall of Cafe 77 at Maramarua, near TeAroha, Tuesday 26th October 2021.
How you want your letter signed:  Jenny

Gum Emperor Moth

Dear Jenny,
We are thrilled to post your image of a living Gum Emperor Moth.  A few days ago we posted an image of one that was found dead in New Zealand.

Subject:  Big Hairy Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Lower Hutt Wellington NZ
Date: 10/19/2021
Time: 02:24 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, found this moth dead.
Never seen it before.
Please help identify.
How you want your letter signed:  Sophie

Gum Emperor Moth

Dear Sophie,
This is a Gum Emperor Moth,
Opodiphthera eucalypti.  According to CitSciHub.NZ:  “The Emperor Gum moth, Opodiphthera eucalypti, is a large hairy nocturnal species of moth native to Australia and were introduced to the North and South Islands of New Zealand about 1939 .
The moths live for no more than a couple of days and they never eat.”

Thank you! I worked it out in the end.
No wonder it was dead as it has such a short life!

Subject:  Red moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Conyers Georgia
Date: 09/24/2021
Your letter to the bugman:  What kind of moth is this
How you want your letter signed:  J Lowry

Pink Striped Oakworm Moth

Dear J Lowry,
This is an Oakworm Moth in the genus Anisota, probably the Pink Striped Oakworm Moth,
Anisota virginiensis, which is pictured on BugGuide.

Subject:  Lepodopteran identification request
Geographic location of the bug:  USA, California, 12 km west of Bishop in the Sierra Nevada Mts.
Date: 09/21/2021
Time: 04:23 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Came across several of these emerging on August 30, 2021.  Just wondering about the identity of this beauty?
How you want your letter signed:  Frank Baele

Hera Buckmoth

Dear Frank,
This is one of the Buckmoths in the genus
Hemileuca, and we believe it is most likely the Hera Buckmoth, Hemileuca hera, which is pictured on BugGuide where it states:  “Caterpillars feed on basin big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) and sand sagebrush (A. filifolia). Adults do not feed.”

Hera Buckmoth

Hey Daniel, that is great! Much appreciation.  Frank Baele

Subject:  It’s a Luna
Geographic location of the bug:  Woodsfield Ohio
Date: 08/02/2021
Time: 12:44 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I already identified these two, but I wanted to share them as we recently purchased the property where I saw them.
How you want your letter signed:  Xero

Luna Moths

Dear Xero,
You are so fortunate to have purchased a property that is home to Luna Moths.  According to BugGuide:  “The caterpillars eat a variety of trees including white birch (
Betula papyrifera), persimmon (Diospyros virginiana), sweet gum (Liquidambar styraciflua), hickories (Carya), walnuts (Juglans), pecans, and sumacs (Rhus).”  We suspect one or more of those trees are growing on your property.  Daniel is in Ohio for two more weeks and he is hoping he will have the opportunity to finally witness a Luna Moth in the wild.  There is a persimmon tree on the property that was planted long after Daniel moved away in 1979, so perhaps this year he will get lucky,

Subject:  Luna Moth 2.0
Geographic location of the bug:  Woodsfield Ohio
Date: 08/04/2021
Time: 03:05 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this guy in my front yard today. Looks like he’s been through hell with the birds around here. He’s still a wonderful site to behold and I’m glad that the Luna’s around here have decided to shelter around my house.
(No i.d. Necessary reposted here to attach pic)
How you want your letter signed:  Xero

Luna Moth

Dear Xero,
Thanks so much for sending in your image of a very tattered female Luna Moth.  Her narrow antennae indicate she is a female.  We hope she mated and laid at least some of her several hundred eggs.  Daniel is currently in Ohio and he hopes he has an opportunity to observe a Luna Moth in the wild, something he has never yet experienced.