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Subject:  Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  McAllen Texas
Date: 05/08/2019
Time: 11:43 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Identify
How you want your letter signed:  Name

Black Witch

Dear Name,
This is a female Black Witch, a moth that migrates North from neotropical Mexico each year, sometimes flying as far as Canada.  This is a very early sighting, and this might be due to unseasonal rain patterns we have been experiencing this year.

Subject:  What kind of bug is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Popano Beach, Florida
Date: 03/27/2019
Time: 10:45 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This bug is really different. What is it?
How you want your letter signed:  Alice

Ornate Bella Moth

Dear Alice,
This is an Ornate Bella Moth,
Utetheisa ornatrix bella, a species represented on our site with a pale individual, but BugGuide has an image colored similarly to your individual.  According to BugGuide:  “adults fly during the day” and “adults fly from July to September in north; all year in south.”

Subject:  Moth on Maya Beach
Geographic location of the bug:  Belize Ocean Club Resort, Maya Beach, Stann Creek, Belize
Date: 02/08/2019
Time: 02:01 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this large moth on the dock.
How you want your letter signed:  Brent

Black Witch

Dear Brent,
This is just about the most detailed image of a female tropical Black Witch that we have ever posted to our site.  These large moths are capable of flying great distances, sometimes 1000s of miles, even reaching Canada.

Detail of the wing of a Black Witch

Subjec:  Who is she?
Geographic location of the bug:  Townsville, QLD
Date: 01/28/2019
Time: 12:41 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Today I met this fashionable individual while taking shelter from the summer rain. Do you know their name?
How you want your letter signed:  Gabby

Grapevine Moth

Dear Gabby,
This is a Grapevine Moth and we identified it on Butterfly House where it is classified in the subfamily Agaristinae, called Day Flying Moths or Whistling Moths, in the family Noctuidae, the Owlet Moth.  According to Butterfly House:  “The adult is a day-flying moth, with a wingspan of up to 5 cm. The wings are black with striking white bands on the forewings, and a white outer margin on the hindwings. The abdomen is black on top and has orange stripes underneath.  The body has tufts of bright red hair on the tip of the abdomen, and at the bases of the legs. These red hairs project and are visible from above. The adults are gregarious, feed on nectar and live for 2-3 weeks. They had a characteristic fluttering flight and can ascend to 25 m or more. Their overall sex ratio is about 1:1. The adult males have anterior brush organs on which are secreted chemicals thought to be pheromones.”  There is a nice image on Alamy and according to Project Noah:  “A Noctuid moth endemic to the south-eastern part of Australia and is now an invasive species in many other parts of the world. In 1862 the Indian Myna (
Acridotheres tristis) was introduced into Australia to control the Grapevine Moth. The bird is now considered a pest and Grapvine moths are common. I watched a female for ten minutes – first seeking the location of a vine – second happy she was near one she just started releasing eggs; one every 30 seconds while fluttering her wings – third the eggs just fell to the ground around the base of the vine. Over the next few days I noticed scores of tiny caterpillars climbing slowly up the supporting posts. Near enough was good enough I guess.”    

Subject:  Speckled moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Israel
Date: 12/03/2018
Time: 01:55 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What is this?
How you want your letter signed:  SMG

Speckled Footman Moth

Dear SMG,
We originally posted an image of Utetheisa pulchella, a Speckled Footman Moth, in 2006, but alas, the image does not currently show live.  It is pictured on this Israeli site and according to Lepidoptera and their Ecology:  “
Utetheisa pulchella inhabits mainly coastal dunes, rocky areas, dry slopes and other warm, gappy vegetated habitats.”

Subject:  Please indentify this insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Goa india
Date: 10/31/2018
Time: 12:09 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This bug/bee/moth has colour codes like a resistor. Width about 1.5 inch
How you want your letter signed:  Ap

Wasp Moth

Dear Ap,
This is one of the diurnal Tiger Moths in the subtribe Ctenuchina, a group sometimes called Wasp Moths as many are effective wasp mimics.  Though your image has some serious degradation, the colors and markings are defined enough for us to have found what we believe to be a matching image of 
Euchromia elegantissima on FlickR,  though we would not discount that it might be Euchromia polymena.