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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.

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,

Ed. Note:  See Fauna of Paraguay.

Subjec:  Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Virginia Beach, Virginia
Date: 05/31/2019
Time: 06:53 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Please identify this moth
How you want your letter signed:  Maurice culken

Noctuoid we believe

Dear Maurice,
Because of its resemblance to the moths in the genus Tolype, we thought this might be a member of the family Lasiocampidae, be we could not find any similar looking species on BugGuide, so we now believe this is a member of the very large superfamily Noctuoidea represented on BugGuide, but we have not had luck identifying the species.  Perhaps one of our readers will recognize this Moth. 

Subject:  Very Cool Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Central Virginia
Date: 05/20/2019
Time: 10:35 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I came across this moth while mowing. Made sure to move it before going through. Thoughts?
How you want your letter signed:  Mr. Motter

Newly Eclosed Tiger Moth

Dear Mr. Motter,
This Tiger Moth appears to be newly eclosed and its wings haven’t yet fully expanded.  We believe it is in the genus
Apantesis which is pictured on BugGuide.

Subject:  Large black wasp? With orange wings
Geographic location of the bug:  Central East Coast of FL, Daytona Beach
Date: 05/11/2019
Time: 12:22 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello, This creature is hanging around my porch. The lizzards are avoiding like the plague.Just wondering if I should be concerned for ppl and pets. Thank You for your time. Have a Great Day.
How you want your letter signed:  Teri

Spotted Oleander Caterpillar Moth

Dear Teri,
The fact that both you and the lizards were fooled by the protective mimicry of the Spotted Oleander Caterpillar Moth is a testament to its effectiveness.  Despite its resemblance to stinging Spider Wasps like the Tarantula Hawk, the moth is perfectly harmless.

Subject:  Moth from south fl
Geographic location of the bug:  Found on a window in S Florida
Date: 05/10/2019
Time: 01:17 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Could not identify my moth in my Audubon Field Guide, thought you might know .
How you want your letter signed:  Laura Rice

Spanish Moth

Dear Laura,
We remember having to identify this pretty little moth in the past, and that it took us considerable time because we thought we were trying to identify a Tiger Moth in the subfamily Arctiinae.  We did remember that it was actually an Owlet Moth, and when we began to attempt an identification, we quickly found the Spanish Moth,
Xanthopastis timais, on Featured Creatures where it states that it is:  “is unmistakable for any other moth in Florida.”  The site also states:  “The Spanish moth, originally described from Surinam, is found throughout lowland areas of South and Central America, and in the Caribbean. The Spanish moth occurs throughout all lowland Neotropical regions of the Caribbean, and as far south as northern Argentina. In North America, the species has a southeastern distribution, from the Carolinas to Texas, but strays northward along the Atlantic Coast as far as coastal New York, and inland as far north as Kentucky and Arkansas. It occurs in all of Florida.”