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Subject:  Very Cool Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Central Virginia
Date: 05/20/2019
Time: 10:35 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I came across this moth while mowing. Made sure to move it before going through. Thoughts?
How you want your letter signed:  Mr. Motter

Newly Eclosed Tiger Moth

Dear Mr. Motter,
This Tiger Moth appears to be newly eclosed and its wings haven’t yet fully expanded.  We believe it is in the genus
Apantesis which is pictured on BugGuide.

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Subject:  Large black wasp? With orange wings
Geographic location of the bug:  Central East Coast of FL, Daytona Beach
Date: 05/11/2019
Time: 12:22 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello, This creature is hanging around my porch. The lizzards are avoiding like the plague.Just wondering if I should be concerned for ppl and pets. Thank You for your time. Have a Great Day.
How you want your letter signed:  Teri

Spotted Oleander Caterpillar Moth

Dear Teri,
The fact that both you and the lizards were fooled by the protective mimicry of the Spotted Oleander Caterpillar Moth is a testament to its effectiveness.  Despite its resemblance to stinging Spider Wasps like the Tarantula Hawk, the moth is perfectly harmless.

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Subject:  Moth from south fl
Geographic location of the bug:  Found on a window in S Florida
Date: 05/10/2019
Time: 01:17 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Could not identify my moth in my Audubon Field Guide, thought you might know .
How you want your letter signed:  Laura Rice

Spanish Moth

Dear Laura,
We remember having to identify this pretty little moth in the past, and that it took us considerable time because we thought we were trying to identify a Tiger Moth in the subfamily Arctiinae.  We did remember that it was actually an Owlet Moth, and when we began to attempt an identification, we quickly found the Spanish Moth,
Xanthopastis timais, on Featured Creatures where it states that it is:  “is unmistakable for any other moth in Florida.”  The site also states:  “The Spanish moth, originally described from Surinam, is found throughout lowland areas of South and Central America, and in the Caribbean. The Spanish moth occurs throughout all lowland Neotropical regions of the Caribbean, and as far south as northern Argentina. In North America, the species has a southeastern distribution, from the Carolinas to Texas, but strays northward along the Atlantic Coast as far as coastal New York, and inland as far north as Kentucky and Arkansas. It occurs in all of Florida.”

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Subject:  Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  McAllen Texas
Date: 05/08/2019
Time: 11:43 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Identify
How you want your letter signed:  Name

Black Witch

Dear Name,
This is a female Black Witch, a moth that migrates North from neotropical Mexico each year, sometimes flying as far as Canada.  This is a very early sighting, and this might be due to unseasonal rain patterns we have been experiencing this year.

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Subject:  What kind of bug is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Popano Beach, Florida
Date: 03/27/2019
Time: 10:45 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This bug is really different. What is it?
How you want your letter signed:  Alice

Ornate Bella Moth

Dear Alice,
This is an Ornate Bella Moth,
Utetheisa ornatrix bella, a species represented on our site with a pale individual, but BugGuide has an image colored similarly to your individual.  According to BugGuide:  “adults fly during the day” and “adults fly from July to September in north; all year in south.”

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Subject:  Moth on Maya Beach
Geographic location of the bug:  Belize Ocean Club Resort, Maya Beach, Stann Creek, Belize
Date: 02/08/2019
Time: 02:01 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this large moth on the dock.
How you want your letter signed:  Brent

Black Witch

Dear Brent,
This is just about the most detailed image of a female tropical Black Witch that we have ever posted to our site.  These large moths are capable of flying great distances, sometimes 1000s of miles, even reaching Canada.

Detail of the wing of a Black Witch

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