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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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Subject: What type of moth?
Location: Central Maryland
November 1, 2015 10:40 am
First time I’ve seen this and I’m a bit perplexed? Maybe a wasp moth although banding doesn’t seem to fit.
It was seen in the morning on Nov 1st in the Baltimore, Md area on a colder rainy day.
Flagellate antennaes, orange body black tail and overall fuzzy. 6 legs and clear wings with black veins and a bright yellow tinge at the attachment point of the wings.
Signature: Steve Sheggrud

Euonymus Leaf Notcher Moth

Euonymus Leaf Notcher Moth

Dear Steve,
That was a good guess, but this is actually an invasive, exotic Euonymus Leaf Notcher Moth,
Pryeria sinica, a species from Asia first detected in Maryland in 2001 according to BugGuide.  We first reported on the Euonymus Leaf Notcher in 2005.  Since sightings of the adult moth are most common late in the fall, and since this is an invasive species that gardeners should know about, we are tagging this as our Bug of the Month for November 2015.

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Subject: A black-winged pink-headed bug
Location: Jiangsu province, China
July 31, 2015 7:11 am
Hi, Could you help me identify the species/ name of this bug? thanks
Signature: a bug lover

Histia flabellicornis:  Leaf Skeletonizing Moth

Histia flabellicornis: Leaf Skeletonizing Moth

Dear bug lover,
This request had us confused for a bit at first.  Though it looks decidedly mothlike, the antennae had us believing this might be a Fishfly in the Subfamily Chauliodinae, which delayed our ability to quickly find an identification.  Then we found a similar looking diurnal moth from China on FlickR that is identified as
Cyclosia midamia in the family Zygaenidae and we resumed our search, eventually finding a side view of Histia flabellicornis on the Digest of Taiwan Lepidopterology page.  A dorsal view on FlickR has us confident that your moth is indeed Histia flabellicornis, a Leaf Skeletonizing Moth in the family Zygaenidae.  Insect Creations describes it as:  “A wonderful and some what rare moth. The wing shape is very unique.”

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