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Subject:  Black wasp with red wings
Geographic location of the bug:  Polyjoke, Crantock, UK
Date: 06/23/2021
Time: 12:42 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman :  Saw lots of these on a coastal walk. Never seen before. Interested to know what they are? Possible Tarantula Spider Wasp?
How you want your letter signed:  Kellie

Six Spot Burnet

Dear Kellie,
Though it resembles a Wasp, this Six Spot Burnet is actually a diurnal moth.

Hi Daniel
Thank you for your reply.
I did later have a good look online and realised what it was but really appreciate you getting back to me.
Kind regards
Kellie

Subject:  Beautiful black bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Illinois, USA
Date: 06/19/2021
Time: 10:07 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman :  This bug was on my car today and I found it sooo neat! I’ve never seen something like this before! It body from head to tail? Butt? Ending? Was about at inch at most. I didn’t get to see it fly but it almost looks like it has a second smaller set of wings under the large ones.
How you want your letter signed:  Alicia

Grapeleaf Skeletonizer

Dear Alicia,
This is a Grapeleaf Skeletonizer moth, and you may compare your individual to this image on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Found on flowers in fields, etc. Adults are diurnal and nocturnal, and come to light.”

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.”

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 :-]

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. “

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