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Subject:  What’s that moth?
Geographic location of the bug:  Marin County, Ca
Date: 08/13/2019
Time: 09:16 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear Bugman, Woman or Bugster,  Can you tell me what these gorgeous creatures emerging are?  They’re on my redwood siding, and there’s a second wee house not yet ready to disgorge its person/s.
How you want your letter signed:  Thank you so much!

Mating Lappet Moths

These appear to be mating Lappet Moths in the genus Tolype, with the remains of a cocoon.  We suspect the cocoon originally housed the female in the pair, and the male sensed her pheromones once she emerged.  Based on images posted to the Natural History of Orange County, we suspect the species is Tolype distincta.  Thanks for also including a good image of the cocoon.

Subject:  Tolype moth
Geographic location of the bug:  La Conner, Washington
Date: 07/23/2018
Time: 06:33 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi Bugman,
This Moth? was on the wall of my home on the west shore of Fildalgo Island, Washington, State. ZIP 98257.  If it is a Tolype moth, it isn’t supposed to be west of Texas.  Have these moths move that far west?
How you want your letter signed:  David Schultz

Tolype species

Dear David,
We needed to research your request, and according to BugGuide data,
Tolype dayi is found in the Pacific Northwest, and Tolype distincta is actually reported from Washington according to BugGuide date.

Thank you Daniel.  I hope this doesn’t mean we are going to have an attack of the Tent Caterpillars.

Subject:  Can you tell me what this is, please?
Geographic location of the bug:  Prescott Valley, AZ
Date: 09/10/2017
Time: 05:16 PM EDT
Found this guy on some wood on my patio. Can you tell me what it is, please?
How you want your letter signed:  Nancy

Lappet Moth:  Gloveria arizonensis

Dear Nancy,
We are having trouble identifying your very hairy moth.  How large was it?  We will contact lepidopterist Julian Donahue to seek assistance.

Hi Julian,
I can’t even figure out a family for this.  I have eliminated Lasiocampidae and Cossidae, but I don’t know where to search next.
Any idea?

Julian Donahue identifies Lappet Moth
Hi Daniel,
I think you overshot it–it IS a lasiocampid: Gloveria arizonensis.
More information here:
Curiously, I got an identical inquiry from the LACM entomology department a couple of days ago–for a photo someone submitted from southeastern California.

Tonight our little friend decided to hang out on our window screen and he had his wings opened a bit more for a better identification. Thank you for finding out what he is.
Nancy in Arizona

Lappet Moth: Gloveria arizonensis

Subject: Identification
Location: Hanover PA
September 24, 2016 4:21 am
Hi. I just found this “thing” on the side of my house. I live in Hanover, PA and was wondering if you can tell me what in the world it is!
Signature: Gayle



Dear Gayle,
This is a Lappet Moth in the genus
Tolype.  According to BugGuide:  “there is considerable variation among individuals and between the sexes of all Tolype species, which complicates identification of species based on color.”

Subject: spaceship-like moth
Location: West Windsor, NJ
March 21, 2016 9:26 am
I took a picture of this moth on a leaf of my fig tree last spring/summer (can’t remember exactly). I live in an area in central New Jersey that has a decent amount of trees.
Please let me know if you know what it is!
Signature: nate

Dot Lined White

Dot Lined White

Dear Nate,
This Dot Lined White,
Artace cribraria, is a member of the Lappet Moth family.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae feed on leaves of oak (Quercus), cherry (Prunus), and rose (Rosa).”

Subject: Prominent Moth?
Location: Mexico
January 9, 2016 2:36 am
A moth found 3.12.15.San Sebastian, mexico. I think this one may be some kind of Prominent Moth? Failry non-descript moth.Any ideas?
Signature: Graeme Davis

Lappet Moth, we believe

Lappet Moth, we believe

Hi Graeme,
We believe this is a Lappet Moth in the family Lasiocampidae, based on its structural resemblance to this unidentified species from Mexico and images posted to BugGuide.

Hi Daniel,
Thanks for getting back to me. Just knowing which family to search might help. I will continue the research to see if I can find what species it might be