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Subject:  Help needed to ID orange winged flying critter
Geographic location of the bug:  Atlantic Beach FL
Date: 07/30/2019
Time: 08:51 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  My husband spotted this amorous couple on his early morning beach walk.Thanks to you who admire and respect all God’s creatures, great and small!
How you want your letter signed:  Lyvisky, Florida

Mating Spotted Oleander Caterpillar Moths

Dear Lyvisky, Florida,
These are mating Spotted Oleander Caterpillar Moths,
Empyreuma affinis, and they are harmless Tiger Moths that benefit from protective mimicry as they are easily mistaken for stinging wasps by predators.

Thank you, Daniel!! They do indeed resemble wasps. I’m always happy to meet new species.

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Subject:  Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Central FL
Date: 07/27/2019
Time: 11:53 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Is this an echo moth?
How you want your letter signed:  Nora

Echo Moth

Dear Nora,
This is indeed an Echo Moth,
Seirarctia echo, a species of Tiger Moth in the subfamily Arctiinae, which we identified on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide the range is “GA south through FL, west through MS.”

Thank you so much! We had an infestation of the echo moth caterpillars last summer and they almost wiped out my cycads before I noticed them. This is the first time I’ve seen the moth itself. Beautiful to look at but not a friend of my garden.
Do you have any suggestions for controlling them in the future?
Thank you again for such a quick response.

Sorry, we do not provide extermination advice.

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Subject:  Black and white moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Cheyenne Mountain State Park near Colorado Springs, Colorado
Date: 07/20/2019
Time: 09:45 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I saw this moth fluttering somewhat weakly along a trail 7-20-19 on a 90 degree day in scrub oak/ponderosa foothills area in the park.  Immediately after I took the photo it was attacked by a hornet, but after a brief struggle the two separated and when their separate ways. I can’t seem to find any photos that are even close.  I think it might be a type of tiger moth or wasp moth, but I can’t seem to find anything that fits.
How you want your letter signed:  Anne

Time: 09:57 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: 
I guess I should have looked at your website more thoroughly before I submitted a question.  You have some lovely photos of Police Car moths that are obviously what my submission was.  Please feel free to disregard the query.
How you want your letter signed:  Anne

Diurnal Police Car Moth

Dear Anne,
We are so happy you were able to identify this diurnal Police Car Moth on our site in 12 minutes and then write back to inform us to take your query off the queue.  To be quite frank, we don’t follow a queue that strictly, and letters with interesting subject lines often catch our eye regardless of their place in line.  Seeing that you wrote back to us before we were able to respond was another reason we selected your submission to read on a Sunday.  It was a pleasure reading your submission and we enjoyed cropping and resizing your image for the internet and we were careful to include as much of the plant as possible for identification purposes.  According to Montana Field Guides:  “The larvae feed on the foliage and flowers of Mertensia (bluebells). Adults nectar sources such as Cirsium(thistle) and Solidago species (goldenrod) (Coin 2004).”  The fact that the Police Car Moth nectars is a good indication it has a longer lifespan, and so more time to locate a mate and distribute eggs.     

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Subject:  Daughter caught a curiosity
Geographic location of the bug:  Lincoln City, Oregon
Date: 07/12/2019
Time: 10:40 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  So another submission… my daughter Chloe caught this fella in her camping catch kit… we’re super excited to hear back from ya buggy folks as we dunno what this battle scared fella (or gal as Chloe says) is
How you want your letter signed:  Joe and kitty bit

Tiger Moth

Dear Joe and kitty bit,
This is a wasp-mimic Tiger Moth in the genus
Ctenucha, probably Ctenucha multifaria based on this BugGuide image.

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Subject:  Moth???
Geographic location of the bug:  Maylasia Indochina
Date: 07/05/2019
Time: 08:49 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Video on FB by a friend….
How you want your letter signed:  YFS

Tiger Moth: Creatonotos transiens

Dear YFS,
This is a male Tiger Moth,
Creatonotos transiens, revealing his coremata, a specialized scent organ.  Seems this image is getting some internet buzz.

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Subject:  Request
Geographic location of the bug:  Asunción, Paraguay
Date: 07/01/2019
Time: 07:27 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We found this bug in class. I suspect that it’s some kind of wasp. Please help me identify it.
How you want your letter signed:  Juan Espinoza

Wasp Moth

Dear Juan,
This is a Wasp Moth, but we have not been able to identify the species.  We will see if Arctiinae expert Julian Donahue can assist with a genus or species identification.

Thank you for your response! I’ll be waiting to hear from you about the moth wasp.

Update:  Julian Donahue responds.
Hi Daniel,
It’s a species of Macrocneme. Quite a few species in the genus, very similar in appearance, but separable by genitalia. In fact, the key to species in the revision of the genus by Dietz in 1994 is based on male genitalia!
The current classification is now: Lepidoptera: Erebidae: Arctiinae: Arctiini: Euchromiina: Macrocneme.
My, how they’ve demoted the ctenuchids!
Anxiously awaiting the onset of the monsoon,
Julian

Ed. Note:  See Fauna of Paraguay.

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