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Subject:  Polyphemus Moths mating
Geographic location of the bug:  Pottstown,Pa.
Date: 07/04/2019
Time: 04:18 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  My husband found these two hanging out at our pool. We were Amazed! We have Never seen anything so beautiful.
How you want your letter signed:  Bev Farris

Mating Polyphemus Moths

Dear Bev,
Thanks so much for sending in your images of mating Polyphemus Moths.  They are indeed a wondrous sight.  The lower moth in the pair is the male, as evidenced by his much bushier antennae that he uses to locate a female by the pheromones she releases.

Mating Polyphemus Moths

Subject:  Moth?
Geographic location of the bug:  South Korea, Cheonan, Seonggeosan
Date: 06/30/2019
Time: 07:30 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello
Could you tell me if this is a moth? And what species is this please?
This was a very large insect with beautiful patterns on its wings!
Many thanks for your help.
How you want your letter signed:  Paul Scott

Giant Silkmoth: Brahmaea certhia

Dear Paul,
This Giant Silkmoth is positively stunning.  We quickly identified it as
Brahmaea certhia thanks to this Ebay posting, and we verified its identity on The Insect Collector.   Bold Systems, a more reliable source, confirms that identification.  We are quite curious about the unusual nature of the different tonalities in the underwings.  The left underwing is considerably lighter than the right side.

Giant Silkmoth: Brahmaea certhia

Thanks very much for the info. I hope to find more but considering this is the first one I have found in my three years of regular hiking in Korea, the chances might be slim.
Now I can read up about these creatures and learn a bit about them!
Thanks again!
Best wishes
Paul

Subject:  What is this moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Virginia
Date: 06/28/2019
Time: 09:46 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this moth on the front steps of my house I think that it is a IO moth
How you want your letter signed:  I do not care

Male Io Moth

This is a male Io Moth and your request was perfectly timed as we just finished posting an image of a sexually dimorphic, brown, female Io Moth.  The overall color of males is yellow while the upper wings of the female Io Moth is brown.  Both female and male Io Moths have distinctive eyespots on the underwings. 

Subject:  Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Northern lower Michigan, near traverse City
Date: 06/28/2019
Time: 12:54 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this next to my door when I got home around 5pm on a hot, humid day. My best guess is some type of sallow moth, but I’m lost and curious.
How you want your letter signed:  AJ

Female Io Moth

Dear AJ,
This is a female Io Moth and in her current resting position, she is hiding her most distinctive features, the eyespots on her underwings.  When startled by a predator, she reveals the eyespots, potentially frightening a predator into thinking it has awakened a sleeping giant.

Subject:  Two lovebirds
Geographic location of the bug:  Waleska Georgia
Date: 06/19/2019
Time: 04:50 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Saw these two on back of my home. They have bright orange body with bold magenta wings with white spots.
How you want your letter signed:  Cyndi

Mating Oakworm Moths

Dear Cyndi,
These are mating Oakworm Moths in the genus
Anisota, and there are several similar looking species in the genus, and based on BugGuide data, at least four species are known from Georgia.

Subject:  Luna Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  VERONA, PA
Date: 06/04/2019
Time: 01:19 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  My first Luna Moth sighting of the year! On the wall at work tonight!
How you want your letter signed:  Rhiannon

Luna Moth

Dear Rhiannon,
Thanks for your comment and your submission.  How marvelous that this was your first Luna Moth sighting of the year, indicating that you have had sightings in years past.  Many of our readers, even those who live within the range of the Luna Moth, are never fortunate enough to experience a sighting of this glorious insect.  Alas, the artificial light under which this image occurred has desaturated the lovely green color of the Luna Moth.