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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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Subject:  Moth?
Geographic location of the bug:  St Petersburg,  FL
Date: 10/09/2018
Time: 06:07 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I saw this insect fluttering around my backyard. I suspect it is some kind of moth.  It was October 6th around 1430. Each time it landed it would pump it’s wings several times slowly before settling down.  What a beauty.  Um…. what is it?
How you want your letter signed:  Del

Spotted Oleander Caterpillar Moth

Dear Del,
This Spotted Oleander Caterpillar Moth is a very effective wasp mimic.  Though you are not located for a direct hit, we hope you don’t have much damage from Hurricane Michael.

Spotted Oleander Caterpillar Moth

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