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Subject: striped moth
Location: northern thailand
March 11, 2017 6:55 pm
found this moth at night…about 2 inches across. It looks like a tiger moth or maybe a wasp mimicking moth? Something else? ? Thanks!
Signature: ash

Tiger Moth

Dear Ash,
We agree that this is a member of the group of Tiger Moths known as Wasp Moths.  We have found several similar looking images online.  There is a similarity between your individual and this moth identified as
Amata sperbius that is posted to FlickR, but we believe a closer match is this image identified as Syntomoides imaon also on FlickR.  Here is another member of the genus also pictured on FlickR.

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Subject: Very bright moth
Location: South Africa, Pretoria, Rosslyn
March 17, 2017 7:29 am
Hi we found this moth in Rosslyn Pretoria South Africa, it was on the 17th of March 2017, during the day time sitting on the ground. It is a very bright turquoise with bright orange stripes, blue wings with white dots. There is some pictures attached
Signature: Dawie Reyneke

Heady Maiden Moth

Dear Dawie,
We quickly identified this diurnal Tiger Moth as a Heady Maiden Moth,
Amata cerbera, thanks to images posted to iSpot, and we verified that identification with this Project Noah posting.  Many other moths in the subfamily Arctiinae are also effective wasp mimics.

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Subject: x bug
Location: Indonesia
February 17, 2017 3:59 am
hi, just recent weeks ago i found this strange bug. it’s very uncommon to have that kind of bug (which i don’t know what kind it is) in here.
i hope you can give me more information about this bug, because it scares people away.
thank you
Signature: x bug

Tiger Moth from Facebook

The moth in this image is a Tiger Moth, and the named file indicates it was lifted from Facebook.  Tiger Moths are harmless.  We have no idea what the X thing is, but it is not part of the moth, so this is either an internet hoax (the term we have long used for “fake news” on the internet) or an object merger similar to a photo showing a tree growing out of someone’s head.

We stand corrected.
Thanks to everyone who sent us corrections and links through our comments section.  We are going to contact Arctiid expert Julian Donahue to have him provide an explanation.

Arctiid Expert Julian Donahue provide some input.
Hi Daniel,
Not a humbug, but apparently the widespread Asian Creatonotos transiens displaying his coremata (androconia are specialized scent scales usually confined to the wings).
You can see images here:  https://hiveminer.com/Tags/creatonotostransiens/Recent
and also if you Google the congeneric Creatonotos gangis you will see images of similar coremata.
The Mt. Washington weather station is still down (apparently since about January 3), so I can’t track how much rain you’re getting–except on the news. Hope the hill doesn’t wash away. Your storm is just now beginning to hit Tucson, but we’re only expecting 0.5 to 1 inch of rain.
Stay dry,
Julian

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Subject: Black moth
Location: Porto Alegre, Brazil
February 17, 2017 9:11 am
Hi! Do you know what moth is this? It is a black moth with some white (maybe not pure white) details, not bigger than 3cm, with red and yellow tiny “hairy” details. It was seen in Porto Alegre, Brazil during the morning. Thanks in advance! Picture attached. – Brenda Lavoieri
Signature: Brenda Lavoieri

Tiger Moth: Dysschema sacrifica

Dear Brenda,
This is a Tiger Moth in the subfamily Arctiinae, and we scoured the pages of Insetologia until we located this image of
Dysschema sacrifica that appears to be the same as your moth.  The species is also pictured on BioLib.

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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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