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Subject:  Moth
Location:  Southold, Long Island, New York
July 18, 2017
Hi Dan here’s  a beauty it was on my deck. Southold LI NY. Very happy to sit on my finger. Please let me no what she is.
Thank you Mary

Figured Tiger Moth, we believe

Dear Mary,
This is a Tiger Moth in the subfamily Arctiinae.  We believe, based on this BugGuide image, that it is a Figured Tiger Moth.  Did you get a look at its underwings?  It seems there are various degrees of red on the underwings, with this BugGuide example being very red.  There are some similar looking Tiger Moths in the genus, so our identification is questionable at best. 

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Subject: Flying Insect
Location: Palm beach gardens, FL
July 17, 2017 11:41 am
I’ve never seen an insect like this. I hope you can let me know as I’m very curious.
Signature: Deb

Polka Dot Wasp Moth

Dear Deb,
This striking insect is a Polka Dot Wasp Moth, and they are not uncommon in Florida where the larval food plant, oleander, is found in many gardens.  The red background on your image is quite bold, but the red tip on the moth’s abdomen blends in.  That red-tipped abdomen is protective coloration for this species as it mimics the coloration of many stinging wasps.

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Subject: cool looking Moth
Location: Western NY
July 18, 2017 4:03 am
I have been trying to find information on this Moth I found in Chautauqua County, NY at Peak’n Peak resort. It looks similar to other Moths I have seen but seems more elaborate. Can you please advise what it is?
Signature: really nicely??

Tiger Moth: Haploa species

We cannot currently access BugGuide, our favorite site for identifications of North American species, but we did locate images of the Reversed Haploa on Cirrus Images which states:  “They are clumsy fliers, their principle tactic being flying a short distance and hiding in the grass or low foliage (there are perhaps thousands of species that employ this tactic). Their camouflage does not appear effective in a foliage-green environment. They are hyper-alert and difficult to approach, perhaps as a result of their high visibility.”  Your Tiger Moth might be the Reversed Haploa, or it may be a different species in the genus.

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Subject: Unknown bug
Location: Southern Quebec, Canada
July 16, 2017 1:00 pm
Hello, my mom discovered this flying, horned semi jelly bug at her cottage in southern Quebec, Canada. We have no clue what it is or which family it could be from. Hopefully you can help us identify this odd looking thing 🙂
Signature: Thank you, Cailin

Wood Nymph

Dear Cailin,
This is one of the Wood Nymph moths in the genus
Eudryas, and members of the genus are excellent camouflage mimics as they resemble bird droppings.

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Subject: Stately moth
Location: Crawfordsville Indiana
July 14, 2017 10:14 am
This curious moth on my office door looks beige and drab at first glance, but sports a stately blue spot near its head on closer inspection. Can you help identify?
Signature: Ecuaprof

Sycamore Tussock Moth

Dear Ecuaprof,
This delicate beauty is a Sycamore Tussock Moth which we verified by comparing your image to this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide:  “Overwinter as cocoons, adults emerge in May and June and lay eggs on the underside of leaves or bark of sycamore. Young larvae feed in groups, they scatter later.”

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Subject: Black witch?
Location: Casper, Wyoming
July 14, 2017 12:13 am
Found this next to my front door, it looks s a black witch moth?
Signature: Thank you, Stacy

Male Black Witch

Dear Stacy,
This is indeed a male Black Witch moth.  This is a neotropical species that breeds as far north as Mexico, but for some inexplicable reason, Black Witch Moths have been reported as far back as the 19th Century to fly north as far as Canada.  The damaged upper left wing causes us to fantasize that your individual might be this very Black Witch, reported from Denver on June 27, that just reached Wyoming.

That’s so exciting to be able to track it! Thank you for your help!
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