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Subject:  Costa Rica Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Guanacaste Costa Rica
Date: 09/23/2017
Time: 06:03 PM EDT
Hola, Found this little one with my son sitting on the ground outside one night. Would love if you could identify it for us. Thanks
How you want your letter signed:  Brian and Mathias

Saucy Beauty

Dear Brian and Mathias,
We are pretty confident this is a Tiger Moth in the subfamily Arctiinae, and we also believe it is most likely a diurnal species, but alas, we were having trouble finding a matching image.  We were about to give up when we found the Saucy Beauty,
Phaloesia saucia, posted to BugGuide.  According to BugGuide, the range is:  “Three southmost counties of Texas / south to Venezuela.”

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Subject:  Identity of Two Winged Bugs
Geographic location of the bug:  Thailand
Date: 09/15/2017
Time: 01:36 AM EDT
Salutations! Can you possibly identify these fabulous bugs?
I can’t find anything on them. Some are exquisite, some terrifying, but all are utterly rivetting! Thank you very much. I’m sending a few others, too.
How you want your letter signed:  Suzanne Jamsrisai

Mating Tiger Moths

Dear Suzanne,
These mating Tiger Moths are excellent wasp mimics.  We found a FlickR posting that looks like your species and it is identified as
Amata sperbiusINaturalist has numerous Asian sightings.

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Subject:  Big brown winged bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Pearland, TX
Date: 09/13/2017
Time: 05:02 PM EDT
Wow–big wing span spread on my screened window.
How you want your letter signed:  Anyway you want to.

Black Witch

This is a very worn Black Witch Moth, a species that often flies North from Mexico each year.  Some individuals have been reported as far north as Canada.

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Subject:  Moth ID confirmation
Geographic location of the bug:  Evergreen Park Illinois
Date: 09/11/2017
Time: 01:34 PM EDT
Good afternoon:
I believe I have a Virginia Ctenucha Moth visiting my showy goldenrod and searching your site I see there has been no recent images uploaded so I am sending a few. I have also seen them feeding on boneset flowers but they do seem to prefer the goldenrod. I always look for these ‘buggers’ in September as a reminder fall is quickly on its way.
How you want your letter signed:  Just chillin…………

Orange Collared Scape Moth

Though your individual greatly resembles a Virginia Ctenucha Moth, it is actually an Orange Collared Scape Moth, Cisseps fulvicollis, a member of the same subfamily.  We have actually made this same mistake.  The Virginia Ctenucha is black behind the head as in this Bugguide image, while the Scape Moth has an orange or yellow collar, as in this BugGuide image.

Orange Collared Scape Moth

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Subject:  Beautiful moth with crazy hair
Geographic location of the bug:  Bernardsville, New Jersey
Date: 09/09/2017
Time: 12:41 AM EDT
This moth was photographed around 10AM on an Eastern purple coneflower. It mostly held still but occasionally nectared with short bursts of activity. It held still for many, many photographs and did not care how close I got to it. Various bees were visiting the flower and jostling up next to the moth but it held its space, not bothered by the bees. It was still on the same coneflower at 3:30 that same day, still very much alive.
How you want your letter signed:  Jane

Goldenrod Stowaway Moth

Dear Jane,
It took us quite a bit of searching before we were able to match your interesting looking Owlet Moth to an image on The Moth Photographers Group of the Goldenrod Stowaway Moth,
Cirrhophanus triangulifer.   According to BugGuide:  “Adults may be found during the day on the flowers of goldenrod (Solidago spp.), Coreopsis species, Bidens species, and other yellow composites, where they are well-concealed.”

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Subject:  Catacola Verrilliana
Location:  Louisa, Va
Date: 09/03/2017
Time: 12:31 PM EDT
We found two specimens of catacola verrilliana on our place in Louisa, Va. It seems that it’s an invasive species mainly found in the western part of the US. We have raised butterflies but have no experience with moths. One of the specimens is alive, so we were wondering what to feed it. Any help or info would be helpful. Thanks, George Tyler
Your Name:  George Tyler

Underwing Moth

Dear George,
We are curious what caused you to identify your Underwing Moth in the genus
Catocala as Catocala verrilliana, a species we found pictured on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010) listed 101 species of the genus Catocala in America north of Mexico. Powell & Opler (2009) reported 110 species in all of North America.”  In our opinion, many species are very difficult to distinguish from one another, and we would speculate that you more likely encountered a species known to range in your area.  We browsed through all the species of Underwings posted to BugGuide, and we could not conclusively identify your individual.  You can try feeding your Underwing overly ripe fruit like plums or peaches.  If you break the skin, your Underwing will have an easier time feeding.

Thank you for your response.

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