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Subject :  Small mystery moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Norfolk County, Massachusetts
Date: 09/02/2021
Time: 11:09 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, I am an amateur hobbyist bug collector and found this tiny moth on my porch in August. I’ve been able to identify most of the bugs in my collection myself, but cannot for the life of me figure out what this one is! It’s very small, less than an inch across. I found a second, similar moth the next day in the same location. Both were dead When I found them, tucked in a plant after a rainstorm, so are a bit ragged.
How you want your letter signed:  Sam S.

Tiger Moth:  Virbia aurantiaca

Dear Sam,
We believe this is an Owlet Moth in the family Noctuidae, but we did not have any luck going through numerous plates on the Moth Photographers Group.  We saw many similar looking Moths, but we could not locate a definitive match.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to provide an identification.

I was able to identify it through an app and think that it is Virbia aurantiaca, an orange virbia moth. Thanks for the help! Hopefully if anybody else finds one and is stumped, this can help!

Thanks for getting back to us Sam.  If you are correct, and this BugGuide image looks correct, then this moth is down the Tiger Moth branch of the Noctuoid superfamily tree.

Subject:  what is this bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Arlington, VA
Date: 06/23/2021
Time: 12:03 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Seen on bike trail by a neighbor
How you want your letter signed:  Cyrelle

Eyed Tiger Moth

Dear Cyrelle,
This beauty is an Eyed Tiger Moth or Giant Leopard Moth,
Hypercompe scribonia.

Subject:  Are these moths? And if so, what kind?
Geographic location of the bug:  Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
Date: 06/01/2021
Time: 12:41 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi!
I found these two moths (possibly) today while I was photographing Dragonflies along the wet lands of Lake Tana in Ethiopia. Since I have never seen one like these, I am very curious to know what they are.
Thank you for your assistance.
How you want your letter signed:  Asrat (Bahirdar Photography)

Mating Tiger Moths

Dear Asrat,
These are mating Tiger Moths in the subfamily Arctiinae, and we found a matching image on Africa Wild that is identified as the Maid Alice Moth,
Amata alicia.  The indicated range on African Moths includes Ethiopia.

Subject:  Black Wasp with Orange Wings
Geographic location of the bug:  Tampa Flodisa
Date: 06/02/2021
Time: 08:45 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Is this a Tarantula Wasp?
How you want your letter signed:  Please help to identify, thanks Bug Guru

Spotted Oleander Caterpillar Moth

Though it effectively mimics certain wasps, notably Tarantula Hawks, Empyreuma affinis, is actually a harmless Spotted Oleander Caterpillar Moth which does not sting, but benefits from looking like an insect with a powerful sting.

Subject:  Which moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Siskiyou Co, far northern California
Date: 06/01/2021
Time: 04:20 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I saw this beauty on my porch the other evening. As it was very docile, I was able to get a great picture. The next morning, I thought I identified it from a great insect book, the Ornate Tiger Moth. But I’ve done some research, and wonder if it could be a Mexican Tiger Moth, as it’s lacking the narrow vertical stripes on it’s wings. But the Mexican Tiger Moth doesn’t live here. I found a map of historical sitings, and the closest one was well over a 100 miles south. It seems they live mostly south of San Francisco, and in the southwest. (I live in Siskiyou County, about 40 miles from the Oregon border.) So can you help me know which moth it is? It was so striking. Maybe climate change is bringing them further north? Thanks so much for such a wonderful webpage, I’ve visited it many times.
How you want your letter signed:  Salmon River Nature Lover

Ornate Tiger Moth

Dear Salmon River Nature Lover,
We agree that this is a Tiger Moth and we agree with your initial identification.  We believe based on BugGuide images that this is
Apantesis ornata, formerly Grammia ornata.

Thank you so much. And thanks for your fantastic site.

Subject:  What’s this bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Eureka Springs, AR
Date: 04/11/2021
Time: 04:10 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Weirdly beautiful. Is it some kind of moth? Love the bug man!
How you want your letter signed:  Enti Em

Newly Eclosed Tiger Moth

Dear Enti Em,
This is a freshly eclosed Tiger Moth whose wings have not yet fully expanded after emerging from the pupa.  We believe it might be a Salt Marsh Moth female, but we would not eliminate a species in the same genus without a common name,
Estigmene albida, which is pictured on BugGuide.