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Subject: Moth
Location: Michigan
June 25, 2017 3:58 pm
What kind of moth is this?
Signature: Jaklynn

Imperial Moth

Dear Jaklynn,
Your moth is a female Imperial Moth,
Eacles imperialis.

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Subject: moth Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico
Location: Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico
June 22, 2017 9:43 am
any thoughts?
Signature: tom

Giant Silkmoth: Caio species

Dear Tom,
This Giant Silkmoth in the family Saturniidae is quite lovely, and its muted colors help to camouflage if from predators.  Our research indicates it is in the genus Caio, possibly Caio richardsoni based on an image on The Kirby Wolfe Collection.  We will contact Bill Oehlke to see if he can verify that species identification.  He may request permission to post your image to his site as well, and since he is a valuable resource for us regarding both Giant Silkmoths and Sphinx Moths, we hope you will grant that permission.

Thank you so much, Daniel.  You guys are amazing. Of course you can use this image. Tom

Bill Oehlke Confirms ID
Richardsoni would be my first guess.

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Subject: Moth identification
Location: Swaziland, Africa.
June 7, 2017 1:10 pm
Hello, My wife and I came across this amazing moth trapped inside a restroom in Swaziland, Africa on February 20th, 2015. Can you identify the moth for me?
Thank you so much.
Signature: Roger

Emperor Moth: Imbrasia belina

Dear Roger,
We believe thanks to images posted to iSpot, that we have correctly identified your gorgeous male Emperor Moth as
Imbrasia belina.  On African Moths, the species is identified as Gonimbrasia belina.  The edible caterpillar is known as the Mopane Worm.

Hello Daniel,
Thank you so much for this information! That is really good to know. I know that the Mopone worm is a delicacy among the local tribes people there. I really appreciate your help with identification.
Best, Roger.
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Subject: Luna moth?
Location: North carolina
June 6, 2017 9:29 am
Is this a Luna moth
Signature: Billie

Luna Moth

Dear Billie,
You are correct that this is a Luna Moth.

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Subject: What is this?
Location: Ashland va. USA
June 4, 2017 9:23 pm
Saw this on the wall of a business in
Ashland virginia thought it looked strange…
Signature: Curious. …

Polyphemus Moth

Dear Curious,
This beautiful Giant Silkmoth is the Polyphemus Moth, named after the mythical Greek, one-eyed giant Clyclops.  If you disturb the moth, it might flash its large false eyespots that it uses to startle an imminent predator into thinking it is about to be eaten by a much larger creature.  One more image of mating Polyphemus Moths from our archives.

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Subject: What in the world?
Location: Williamsport, PA
May 31, 2017 7:49 am
Good morning from Williamsport, Pennsylvania! I was put planting the other day and found a red cocoon with what looked to be a stinger on the bottom of it, buried in the soil. I put it back and now this morning, this
appeared. I am not sure if it is related, however; what is this beautiful creature, bc I have NEVER seen one around this area!! Thanks for any insight
Signature: Angela

Female Cecropia Moth

Dear Angela,
This is a female Cecropia Moth.  Like other members of the Giant Silkmoth family Saturniidae, they do not feed as adults.  They only live long enough to mate and lay eggs, generally a week at most.

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