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Subject:  Recently emerged mith
Geographic location of the bug:  Pennsylvania
Date: 05/20/2018
Time: 12:05 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What moth?
How you want your letter signed:  Kathy

Isabella Tiger Moth

Dear Kathy,
This is a newly emerged Isabella Tiger Moth, which you can verify thanks to this BugGuide image.  The Isabella Tiger Moth is the adult of the Banded Woolly Bear.

Isabella Tiger Moth

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Subject:  Echo moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Venice fl
Date: 05/16/2018
Time: 10:59 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I thought you’d like this.
How you want your letter signed:  Interested

Echo Moth

This is a beautiful image of an Echo Moth, Seirarctia echo

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Subject:  Melipotis indomita – Indomitable Melipotis Moth?
Geographic location of the bug:  Northern tip of Big Island, Hawaii
Date: 04/21/2018
Time: 08:03 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Aloha Daniel,
A couple of moth photos, different moths, different times, but similar location at the northern end of the Big Island, Hawaii. I think they’re male and female Melipotis indomita – Indomitable Melipotis Moth. BugGuide ( shows similar male and female markings in their identification. Also found a photo from the Big Island ( that’s identified as this moth (looks like a male). Checking your site I didn’t find any Melipotis indomita to compare. So I’m punting this your way to see if you agree with the identification and to possibly add new moth photos to your vast treasure trove.
Mahalo, Graham
How you want your letter signed:  Graham

Indomitable Melipotis (male)

Dear Graham,
We are sorry for the delay.  We wanted to more thoroughly research your very well prepared submission and we got busy.  According to Pacific Northwest Moths (which pictures an individual from Maui):  “It is sexually dimorphic. The male forewing ground color is somewhat variable, usually dark brownish gray with a blue gray terminal area. A prominent pale brownish white mark borders the oblique antemedial line and extends sligthly beyond the thin median line. The postmedial line balloons laterally near the black reniform spot and this portion of the line is also filled with brownish white. A black bar is present in the cell proximal to the reniform spot, and a small black spot is present at the apex. The hindwing is brownish off-white, with a broad dark gray marginal band that is interrupted by white near the cubital vein. The hindwing fringe is pure white with a black segment midway between the anterior margin and the anal angle. The female is similar but the base of the wing is gray followed by rusty brown. The head and thorax of both sexes are gray. The antenna is simple, ciliate in males.  This rare migrant can be recognized by the sharply defined oblique mark with straight borders across the forewing in association with a black and brownish off-white hindwing.”  BugGuide has images of male and female and they seem in agreement with your own identification but no Hawaii sightings are mentioned.  Hawaiiscape does picture it and list it as a defoliator of Monkeypod trees.

Indomitable Melipotis (female)

Hi Daniel,
No worries about any delay (I should be the one apologizing for being slow to respond here). I’m always appreciative of the work you do and thank you for the great amount of information on this moth. I’ll probably post at least some of this info on my blog ( if that’s OK with you – with a link to your site of course, though I’m not exactly overrun with followers.
Mahalo, Graham

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Subject:  Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  North Carolina
Date: 04/12/2018
Time: 03:22 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I see a lot of moths in rural NC but have yet to see one like this one and was curious as to what this moth is called.
How you want your letter signed:  Angelique Sachak

Fall Webworm Moth

Dear Angelique,
There are many similar looking white Tiger Moths with black markings that are native to your region, especially those in the subtribe Spilosomina, which you can see on BugGuide, but the antennae and the coloration of the front legs on your individual leads us to believe this is a Fall Webworm Moth,
Hyphantria cunea.  According to BugGuide:  “wings either all white (in northern and some southern individuals) or sparsely to heavily marked with dark grayish-brown to black spots (in many southern individuals); spots rectangular or wedge-shaped, arranged loosely in rows in basal half of wing, and in either a V-shape or more-or-less random arrangement in distal half; ventral side of prothorax and femur of foreleg with orange hairs; hindwing either all white or with one or two black spots.”

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Subject:  A very different moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Baan Maka Chalet, near Kaeng Krachan National Park, Petchaburi, Thailand
Your letter to the bugman:  I am fascinated with moths and have many postings on iNaturalist  of these insects, representing many families.  However, I am completely befuddled as to what Family this very interesting and different moth belongs in.  Can you help?
How you want your letter signed:  Pam Piombino, Colorado

Tiger Moth

Dear Pam,
We believe you moth is a member of the superfamily Noctuoidea.

Thanks, Daniel.  Actually, the owner of Baan Maka found the correct i.d. in the Moths of Thailand under Arctidae:   Trischalis subaurana
He has also photographed two other members of the same Genus on his property.  They must be quite rare as I looked for days in web searches for another that resembled my photo.
All the best, Pam

Thanks for the update Pam and the iNaturalist link.  Arctiidae as been reclassified as the subfamily Arctiinae within the family Erebidae and under the general superfamily Noctuoidea.

Thank you for the education!  I am a beginner with so very much to learn, Pam
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Subject:  Florida moth/butterfly
Geographic location of the bug:  Vero beach Florida
Date: 12/19/2017
Time: 06:40 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I cannot seem to find the identity of these two. Picture was taken during mating, then aftwr they separated.
How you want your letter signed:  Rob Kellar

Mating Tussock Moths

Dear Rob,
We are currently going through old requests that arrived while our editorial staff was away for the holidays, and we are attempting to catch up on some old identifications and posting those that will be of greatest interest to our readership.  These are mating Tussock Moths in the genus
Orgyia.  The image with the single individual depicts the male, the gender that is capable of flight and that has very plumose antennae to better enable him to locate the flightless, sedentary female that emerges from pupation and releases pheromones.  Based on this BugGuide image, we believe you might have encountered White Marked Tussock Moths, Orgyia leucostigma.  Interestingly, the wings on the female in your image are more developed than the usual vestigial wings we have seen pictured in other examples posted on the internet.

Male Tussock Moth

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