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Subject: Tiger Moth??
Location: Perth, WA
March 25, 2017 6:52 pm
Hello, I found this fluffy guy on my front porch in the Perth metropolitan area, Western Australia. It was found in April 2016. This was the only photo I managed before it flew away! I’ve been trying to find what kind of moth or family it belongs to since. The closest resemblance I can find is a Tiger Moth, what do you think? I would love to finally find out!
Signature: Lisa

Unknown Tiger Moth

Dear Lisa,
We agree with you that this is a Tiger Moth, but we have not had any luck identifying the species.  None of the species pictured on Butterfly House resemble your moth, nor did we find it on the Brisbane Insect site.  We will contact Tiger Moth expert Julian Donahue to see if he can provide an identification.

Hi Daniel,
Thank you! I have been searching for so long trying to find one similar, but haven’t had any luck. Your expertise is much appreciated!
Kind regards,

Julian Donahue provides some information and resources.
Hi Daniel,
Cool moth, and indeed a gravid female tiger moth. Not illustrated in Australian Moths Online
Another CSIRO site that you may find useful for all other groups of Australian insects:
I suspect that it’s a melanic specimen, related to Creatonotos or “Diacrisia,” and may not be from Australia (or an accidental import).
For a modern, updated list of Arctiidae of the Oriental Region, Australia, and Oceania, with current names, check out:
The author, Vladimir V. Dubatolov, may be your best bet for identifying this animal.
For New World tiger moths, I’d suggest Dr. Chris Schmidt, an active worker in the field (Canadian National Collection, Ottawa)
Good luck,

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Subject: striped moth
Location: northern thailand
March 11, 2017 6:55 pm
found this moth at night…about 2 inches across. It looks like a tiger moth or maybe a wasp mimicking moth? Something else? ? Thanks!
Signature: ash

Tiger Moth

Dear Ash,
We agree that this is a member of the group of Tiger Moths known as Wasp Moths.  We have found several similar looking images online.  There is a similarity between your individual and this moth identified as
Amata sperbius that is posted to FlickR, but we believe a closer match is this image identified as Syntomoides imaon also on FlickR.  Here is another member of the genus also pictured on FlickR.

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Subject: Very bright moth
Location: South Africa, Pretoria, Rosslyn
March 17, 2017 7:29 am
Hi we found this moth in Rosslyn Pretoria South Africa, it was on the 17th of March 2017, during the day time sitting on the ground. It is a very bright turquoise with bright orange stripes, blue wings with white dots. There is some pictures attached
Signature: Dawie Reyneke

Heady Maiden Moth

Dear Dawie,
We quickly identified this diurnal Tiger Moth as a Heady Maiden Moth,
Amata cerbera, thanks to images posted to iSpot, and we verified that identification with this Project Noah posting.  Many other moths in the subfamily Arctiinae are also effective wasp mimics.

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Subject: x bug
Location: Indonesia
February 17, 2017 3:59 am
hi, just recent weeks ago i found this strange bug. it’s very uncommon to have that kind of bug (which i don’t know what kind it is) in here.
i hope you can give me more information about this bug, because it scares people away.
thank you
Signature: x bug

Tiger Moth from Facebook

The moth in this image is a Tiger Moth, and the named file indicates it was lifted from Facebook.  Tiger Moths are harmless.  We have no idea what the X thing is, but it is not part of the moth, so this is either an internet hoax (the term we have long used for “fake news” on the internet) or an object merger similar to a photo showing a tree growing out of someone’s head.

We stand corrected.
Thanks to everyone who sent us corrections and links through our comments section.  We are going to contact Arctiid expert Julian Donahue to have him provide an explanation.

Arctiid Expert Julian Donahue provide some input.
Hi Daniel,
Not a humbug, but apparently the widespread Asian Creatonotos transiens displaying his coremata (androconia are specialized scent scales usually confined to the wings).
You can see images here:
and also if you Google the congeneric Creatonotos gangis you will see images of similar coremata.
The Mt. Washington weather station is still down (apparently since about January 3), so I can’t track how much rain you’re getting–except on the news. Hope the hill doesn’t wash away. Your storm is just now beginning to hit Tucson, but we’re only expecting 0.5 to 1 inch of rain.
Stay dry,

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Subject: Black moth
Location: Porto Alegre, Brazil
February 17, 2017 9:11 am
Hi! Do you know what moth is this? It is a black moth with some white (maybe not pure white) details, not bigger than 3cm, with red and yellow tiny “hairy” details. It was seen in Porto Alegre, Brazil during the morning. Thanks in advance! Picture attached. – Brenda Lavoieri
Signature: Brenda Lavoieri

Tiger Moth: Dysschema sacrifica

Dear Brenda,
This is a Tiger Moth in the subfamily Arctiinae, and we scoured the pages of Insetologia until we located this image of
Dysschema sacrifica that appears to be the same as your moth.  The species is also pictured on BioLib.

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Subject: What is this?
Location: Tampa
December 5, 2016 4:07 pm
Took this picture today (12-5-16) in Tampa.
Signature: Bobb

Polka Dot Wasp Moth

Polka Dot Wasp Moth

Dear Bobb,
This pretty, harmless, wasp-mimic is a Polka Dot Wasp Moth,
Syntomeida epilais.  The caterpillars feed on oleander.  We will be posting your submission live to our site at the end of the month when we are away on holiday.

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