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Subject:  Bug ID
Geographic location of the bug:  Michigan
Date: 07/08/2019
Time: 10:20 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found these insects mating on a dutchman’s pipe leaf.  They are black with an orange head – similar to love bugs found in the south; but wings look different and the antenae are longer.
How you want your letter signed:  Anita Kittel

Mating Grape Leaf Skeletonizers

Dear Anita,
Have you any grape vines nearby?  These are mating Grape Leaf Skeletonizer moths, and you can verify our identification on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Found on flowers in fields, etc. Adults are diurnal and nocturnal, and come to light.”

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Subject: Beautiful Insect in Ireland
Location: Inch Beach, Dingle peninsula, Co. Kerry
August 9, 2017 10:17 am
Hi again! We saw a few of these bright, almost metallic fliers on our recent hike. Up close, they seem like a type of fly, but would love to know what they are for our next trip there. Found this guy near Inch Beach, Dingle peninsula, Co. Kerry. Thanks!
Signature: Cheers!

Six Spot Burnet

This is a Six Spot Burnet, Zygaena filipendulae.  According to UK Moths:  “This is the commonest of Britain’s day-flying Burnet moths, and is found throughout Britain, with a coastal bias in the North. Occupying meadows, woodland clearings and sea-cliffs, it flies from June to August.”  Your image is beautifully detailed.

Thank you for the response and compliment on the shot :-]

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Subject: Unusual Butterfly ?
Location: Monifeith coastal path
July 23, 2017 9:25 am
Son found this whilst walking along the coastal path near Monifeith, Angus, Scotland.. 23/7/2017
Signature: Brett

Six Spot Burnett

Hi Brett,
Because it is diurnal, and most people associate moths with night, you have mistaken this Six Spot Burnett which is well documented on Animal Photos, for a butterfly.  According to Butterfly Conservation:  “Frequents flowery grasslands, including downland, cliff-edges, woodland rides, roadside verges and sand-dunes.”  According to UK Moths:  “This is the commonest of Britain’s day-flying Burnet moths, and is found throughout Britain, with a coastal bias in the North. “

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Subject: Grapeleaf Skeletonizer?
Location: coastal North Carolina
July 18, 2017 9:46 am
These small moths were feeding from mountain mint and rattlesnake master on July 15th. I suspect they are Harrisina americana, the grapeleaf skeletonizer, but a friend from the facebook group “Pollinators on Native Plants” suggested they might be the orange-collared scape moth, Cisseps fulvicollus. Since I do have a few grapevines in the yard, I suspected the former, and I don’t believe the latter species habitat range extends to this region. Thanks for any input.
Signature: Dave Hobbs

Grapeleaf Skeletonizer

Dear Dave,
You and just about everyone in North America lives within the range of the Orange-Collared Scape Moth according to BugGuide data, however, we agree with you that these are Grapeleaf Skeletonizer Moths based on this and other BugGuide images.  The BugGuide description is:  “wings narrow, completely black, held spread out and away from body at rest; collar orange/red, complete (not broken, as in Clemen’s False Skeletonizer); tip of abdomen has prominent tufts of scales; antennae pectinate in both sexes, and plumose in male.”

Grapeleaf Skeletonizers

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Subject: It’s black with red on its neck
Location: AZ Glendale
April 30, 2017 2:10 pm
I found this outside when searching for my forensic project finding bugs. Anyway I caught it and would like to keep it alive so I don’t kill it before letting it go back t I have no idea what it is or what it eatsSignature: Quinn

Western GrapeLeaf Skleletonizer

Dear Quinn,
Though the red collar is not evident in your image, it helped further specify the identification of this Western GrapeLeaf Skeletonizer,
Harrisina metallica, a moth with Caterpillars that are an agricultural pest on grape vines.  This BugGuide image illustrates the red collar and according to BugGuide:  “Adult: body and wings black with bluish or greenish tint; collar dull orange or red (except in form ‘brillians’ which has black collar)” and “the all-black ‘brillians’ form was formerly considered a separate species.”

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Subject: moth? ant?
Location: Tucson, Arizona
March 31, 2017 8:55 pm
I don’t really know what to say here. I’ve never seen an insect like this. It’s completely black, and about the size of a nickel.
At first glance, I thought it was a moth, but it has aggressive looking wings that I relate more closely to a wasp or an ant.
I’m sorry the picture isn’t great. I’m actually pretty terrified of bugs.
Signature: phobic, yet fascinated

Western Grape Leaf Skeletonizer

Dear Phobic, yet fascinated,
Do you have any grape vines nearby?  This appears to be a Western Grape Leaf Skeletonizer,
Harrisina metallica, and you can compare your image to this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae are a severe pest in some California vineyards.”  The Western Grape Leaf Skeletonizer is a moth, but it probably derives some protection against predators because of its resemblance to stinging wasps.

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