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Subject: Confused About This Moth
Location: Northeast Ohio
August 15, 2016 3:56 pm
Hi! My son found this large moth in our yard, and all of our research indicates that it is Orange Underwing Moth, but that same research places this species in the UK, and we’re in Northeast, Ohio.
Can you help us ID it? Thank you!
Signature: Colleen

Underwing

Underwing

Hi Colleen,
Your Underwing is in the genus
Catocala, a large genus with many similar looking species.  We believe it might be a Sweetheart Underwing, Catocala amatrix, based on this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide:  “larvae feed on leaves of several species of poplar (Populus spp.) and Black Willow (Salix nigra).”

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Subject: The Hebrew
Location: Troy, VA
August 3, 2016 9:19 am
I thought you might like this picture of what I believe to be a Hebrew moth. It’s not quite as sharp an image as I would like, but you can still see the lovely markings quite clearly. I only got one photo before she flew off.
Signature: Grace Pedalino

The Hebrew

The Hebrew

Dear Grace,
Your image of The Hebrew moth,
Polygrammate hebraeicum, is a marvelous addition to our archive as we only have one rather blurry image of The Hebrew in our archives that was submitted in 2005.  According to BugGuide:  “Both common name ‘The Hebrew’ and specific epithet hebraeicum likely refer to resemblance of the pattern to Hebrew characters”  According to the Butterflies and Moths of North America:  “Caterpillar Hosts: Black gum trees.”

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Subject: moth
Location: Northern Virginia
June 6, 2016 6:08 pm
can you identify this moth? seen in June, 2016
Signature: Sandra

Laudable Arches Moth

Laudable Arches Moth

Dear Sandra,
We were excited when we thought we identified your moth as a Collared Arches Moth,
Lacinipolia strigicollis, thanks to this BugGuide image, but alas, it is a species limited to western North America according to BugGuide.  We knew we were close so we investigated the genus, but according to BugGuide:  “Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010) listed 64 species of the genus Lacinipolia in America north of Mexico.”  Of the eastern species, only the Laudable Arches Moth, Lacinipolia laudabilis, is green and resembles your individual, so we are relatively sure that identification is correct, based on this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae are general feeder on herbaceous plants.”  Here are more images from Moth Photographers Group.

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Subject: Moth
Location: Madison, Wisconsin area
June 6, 2016 6:56 pm
Hello! I’m from the Madison, Wisconsin area, and I found this moth (butterfly??) while I was gardening. He has 3 legs and cant walk or fly. What kind of moth/butterfly is he?
Signature: Hannah

Large Yellow Underwing

Large Yellow Underwing

Dear Hannah,
Though it is a very pretty moth, the Large Yellow Underwing, , is an Invasive Exotic species that according to BugGuide, was:  “Introduced from Europe to Nova Scotia in 1979, this species has since spread north to the Arctic Ocean, west to the Pacific, and south to the Gulf of Mexico.”

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Subject: ID request for bizarre looking moth
Location: Atlanta, GA
May 27, 2016 6:55 am
Hello,
While leaving work yesterday I noticed a very unusual moth on the wall. If it were on a tree it could be easily mistaken as a mushroom. Upon further inspection it had some very beautiful coloration. I’ve never seen a moth like this before and would like to request your assistance in identifying.
Thanks!
Signature: Chris

Wood Nymph Moth

Wood Nymph Moth

Dear Chris,
This is a Wood Nymph Moth in the genus Eudryas  which can be found on BugGuide.  Many of our readers call this a “Bird Poop” Moth because it seems to resemble bird droppings which may afford it some degree of camouflage protection.

Thank you so much!!!!! I’m sharing the info with my coworkers now 🙂

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Subject: Moth to be identified
Location: Botswana
May 23, 2016 4:34 am
Photographed this Moth at Kubu Island in Southern Botswana. Kabul Island is situated in the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. The Moths wingspan/width when not in flight was between 2.5 – 3 Inches wide. Any help will be appreciated.
Signature: Tony Camacho

Cream Striped Owl Moth

Cream Striped Owl Moth

Dear Tony,
We believe we have correctly identified you stunning moth as a Cream Striped Owl Moth,
Cyligramma latona, thanks to images posted to iSpot.

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