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Subject: What is this?
Location: Tampa
December 5, 2016 4:07 pm
Took this picture today (12-5-16) in Tampa.
Signature: Bobb

Polka Dot Wasp Moth

Polka Dot Wasp Moth

Dear Bobb,
This pretty, harmless, wasp-mimic is a Polka Dot Wasp Moth,
Syntomeida epilais.  The caterpillars feed on oleander.  We will be posting your submission live to our site at the end of the month when we are away on holiday.

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Subject: Moth
Location: Guatemala
December 10, 2016 10:10 pm
Hi! My aunt found this little guy on her rose bush in her yard. We were curious to find out what type of moth it is. Thankyou!
Signature: To Emma

Owlet Moth: Lichnoptera decora

Owlet Moth: Lichnoptera decora

Dear Emma,
This is an Owlet Moth in the family Noctuidae, and we believe it is
Lichnoptera decora, a species Julian Donahue graciously identified for us in the past.  The species is also pictured on BugGuide.  The image your aunt provided appears to illustrate a moth on a leaf that is curled around a cocoon.  We can think of two possible scenarios to explain the image.  Perhaps the moth just emerged from the cocoon, or perhaps it is a male moth that has been attracted to the pheromones released by a female who is about to emerge from the cocoon.  Are you able to elaborate on either of those suspicions?

Yes! My aunt found it as a caterpillar and watched it emerge out of the cocoon. Then she took a picture of the moth.

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Subject: Black Witch Moth?
Location: Los Angeles, California
November 18, 2016 8:07 pm
I took a picture of what I think may be a Black Witch moth. It was resting on my patio screen door this afternoon. I have never seen a moth that large. Its wing span was about 4 inches tip to tip.
Signature: Pat K.

Black Witch

Black Witch

Dear Pat,
Congratulations on your Black Witch sighting, though we believe you may have underestimated its size. 

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Subject: Beautiful moth
Location: Northeastern Caribbean
November 15, 2016 6:52 pm
I think this is a moth just wondering the name
Signature: Daniel

Heiroglyphic Moth

Heiroglyphic Moth

Dear Daniel,
This pretty Owlet Moth is commonly called a Heiroglyphic Moth,
Diphthera festiva.  In addition to being found in the Caribbean, it is also found in the southeast portions of North America.

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Subject: Giant Leopard Moth
Location: Silver spring, md
November 12, 2016 8:55 pm
Just loved the blue irredescence on this black ringed polka dot white moth. My daughter found him in the middle of our lawn, maybe he fell out of the silver maple tree – who knows.
Signature: Divya

Giant Leopard Moth

Giant Leopard Moth

Dear Divya,
The spots on this Giant Leopard Moth or Eyed Tiger Moth contrast so beautifully with the striped clothing in the image you sent.  Like many Tiger Moths, the Giant Leopard Moth does not feed as an adult.

Thanks!! I would actually love a dress in giant leopard moth print 🙂

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Subject: What kind of insect is this?
Location: St. Augustine FL
November 12, 2016 8:26 am
My Brother in law has had this guy in his garage for a few days. It has basically stayed right where it landed and has not moved. Any idea what it is?
Signature: Thank You, Jay

Polka Dot Wasp Moth

Polka Dot Wasp Moth

Dear Jay,
The Polka Dot Wasp Moth,
Syntomeida epilais, is a relatively common species in Florida because the caterpillars feed on the leaves of oleander, which is cultivated extensively in home gardens in the area.  This harmless species derives protection because it mimics stinging wasps, and wary predators will leave it be.

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