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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.”

Subject:  Yellow shell black markings
Geographic location of the bug:  Deep South Alabama
Date: 09/01/2017
Time: 11:21 PM EDT
I’ve done several searches and can’t seem to come up with anything matching.
How you want your letter signed:  Michael

Hieroglyphic Moth

Dear Michael,
This is a very appropriately named Hieroglyphic Moth.

Subject: Unknown bug
Location: Southern Quebec, Canada
July 16, 2017 1:00 pm
Hello, my mom discovered this flying, horned semi jelly bug at her cottage in southern Quebec, Canada. We have no clue what it is or which family it could be from. Hopefully you can help us identify this odd looking thing 🙂
Signature: Thank you, Cailin

Wood Nymph

Dear Cailin,
This is one of the Wood Nymph moths in the genus
Eudryas, and members of the genus are excellent camouflage mimics as they resemble bird droppings.

Subject: Great owl moth( Erebus macrops)???
Location: Rung Sawang village, Rarm Intra 8, Bang Khen, Bangkok, Thailand
May 1, 2017 7:36 am
So this is the second time I spot this moth first time my grandfather spot it when I saw it I think it was female because she is very big so now my grandmother spot it at the same spot as my grand father, that spot is outdoor kitchen, This time I think it was male because it was small. What it host plant I know that it host plant was acacia because of wiki but is it really acacia in Bangkok? I think it might be Leucaena leucocephala because at the end of the road in the village it has little forest that has many plant (include banana lemongrass and many tall grass). And what they really call Great owl moth, Owl eye moth, Owl moth. THANKS
forgot he about 3-4 inches
Signature: Focus Tharatorn Neamphan

Great Owl Moth

Dear Focus,
Thank you for submitting images of a Great Owl Moth from Thailand.

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.

Subject: Beautiful moth
Location: Northeastern Caribbean
November 15, 2016 6:52 pm
I think this is a moth just wondering the name
Signature: Daniel

Heiroglyphic Moth

Heiroglyphic Moth

Dear Daniel,
This pretty Owlet Moth is commonly called a Heiroglyphic Moth,
Diphthera festiva.  In addition to being found in the Caribbean, it is also found in the southeast portions of North America.