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For nearly a week, this pretty green moth was hanging out on the screen of our front door where it was attracted to the porch light at our Mt Washington, Los Angeles offices. We finally took a photo but did not have the time to properly identify it as your own queries have kept us so busy. Today we discovered that it is Feralia februalis, a relative of the Deceptive Sallow. The caterpillars feed on oak, and our own California Live Oak planted from an acorn eight years ago if about 15 feet tall now, so we are guessing this moth had either been a caterpillar on our tree, of was considering the tree to be a good place to lay eggs.

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Yellow, black, and white moth
Hi,
Can you tell me what this bug is? I have looked at all the moth pages on your site and couldn’t id it. I assume it is a moth, but have never seen it before. I found it on my screen door in Columbia, SC. Thanks,
Sarah

Hi Sarah,
This detailed beauty is known as a Heiroglyphic Moth, Diphthera festiva. There are some wonderful images on the Moth Photographers Group website.

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mystery lepidopteran (?)
Dear Friends,
I had two of these chasing each other in my backyard in broad daylight. Took photos that show the huge round white spots on black wings, the cream colored “neck-warmer” area, and the extraordinary orange that fringes the upper parts of at least some of the legs. Have gone through butterfly books repeatedly, and can’t find anything remotely similar. So is it a moth, and if so, what kind? Many, many thanks for your attention and help,
Henry Schneiderman
Bloomfield CT

Hi Henry,
The Audubon Guide identifies your moth as an Eight Spotted Forrester, Alypia octomaculata. This diurnal Owlet Moth is often confused for a butterfly.

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Unidentified butterfly or moth
I was photographing butterflies in August here in eastern Nebraska and ran across this little fellow. I can’t seem to identify it from my butterfly reference books, so perhaps it is a moth. As you will note from the photo, it appears to gather pollen on it’s legs, like a bumblebee. Can you tell me what it is? Thanks!
Doug Wulf

Hi Doug,
The pretty little Eight Spotted Forester, Alypia octomaculata, is a day flying moth that is often mistaken for a butterfly. That is not pollen on the legs, but brilliant orange hairlike scales. Caterpillars feed on Virginia Creepers, grape and Boston ivy.

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hi! my boyfriend took a picture of this moth that he found in his house in independence country, arkansas. any idea what it is??
thanks!
erika

Hi Erika,
This moth is known as The Hebrew, Polygrammate hebraeicum. It is found in moist woods. The caterpillar eats sourgum leaves and adults fly in July and August. It was named by Hubner who thought the curving black lines and dots reminded him of a Hebrew letter.

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