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Subject: White beetle moth bug
Location: West Virginia
June 18, 2017 12:31 pm
My friend found this and I want to know what it is too.
Signature: Kiana

Possibly Virginian Tiger Moth

Dear Kiana,
This is a Tiger Moth in the subfamily Arctiinae, and there are several similar looking white species.  We believe based on BugGuide images that this is a Virginian Tiger Moth,
Spilosoma virginica, but there are other similar looking species in the genus.

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Subject: Very pretty moth
Location: Crosslanes, West Virginia
June 3, 2017 4:08 am
I Have never seen a moth like this I’ve spent many of my summers in Webster County ,Cowen,West Virginia and have seen similar moths it’s like their furry almost like if you would touch them they would be as soft as a kitten although I never have I know that hurts them but it struck me odd when I saw it I have lived here my whole life and never seen one like that he is on the side of my purse and he started fluttering around like he was doing a mating call the picture was taken June 3, 2017 at 1:08 am
Signature: Susan S

Eyed Tiger Moth

Dear Susan,
These images of an Eyed Tiger Moth or Giant Leopard Moth,
Hypercompe scribonia, on your colorful purse are positively psychedelic.  According to BugGuide:  “larvae feed on a great variety of broad-leaved plants, including banana, cabbage, cherry, dandelion, maple, orange, sunflower, violet, willow.”  We will be post-dating your submission to go live later in the month when our editorial staff is away from the office on holiday.

Eyed Tiger Moth

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Subject: Moth ? I.D. please?
Location: SW Foothills of Colorado
May 18, 2017 8:46 pm
Hi! My granddaughter spotted this beautiful moth in the grass. I’ve never seen one like this before here in CO, and wondered what kind it is.
Signature: Grandma

Salt Marsh Moth

Dear Grandma,
This delicate Tiger Moth is a Salt Marsh Moth,
Estigmene acrea, and according to BugGuide, it can be identified by:  “Adult: forewing white with about 20 small black spots scattered across the disk, and 5 larger black spots spaced along the costa. Males have dark yellow hindwings, those of females are mostly white (with 3 or 4 black blotches in both sexes).”   BugGuide also states the habitat is:  “open wooded areas, meadows, farm fields, weedy waste places, prairie grasslands, and marshes – including salt marshes; adults are nocturnal and come to light” and “Adults fly from May to September. Adults fly year round in Texas”  It is a wide ranging species based on BugGuide data.

Thank you! And thank you for the great website – grand-kids love it!

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Subject: Arizona moth
Location: Pima County, AZ
April 24, 2017 4:03 pm
This moth was found in Madera Canyon, Pima County, AZ in mid-April 2017. This was the only angle we could get of it. Is it possible to identify from this photo?
Signature: Lois

Tiger Moth

Dear Lois,
This looks like a Tiger Moth in the genus
Ctenucha to us.  There are several species found in Arizona, but this looks most like a member of the rubroscapus/multifaria species complex that is found along the Pacific coastal areas according to BugGuide.

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Subject: Is it Yponomeutidae?.
Location: Pho Prathap Chang, Pichit, Thailand
April 16, 2017 1:24 am
Hi, I found this little moth in my grandmother’s house on April 14 around 11.00am. – 12.00pm. Location neither southern north nor northen central. I wonder whats its common name is because I very love insects including Lepidoptera. I will share more of moths and butterflies pictures because I caught some catterpillars and pet it and release it in to the nature. sorry for language.
Signature: Focus Tharatorn Neamphan

Tiger Moth: Utetheisa pulchelloides

Dear Focus,
This is NOT an Ermine Moth in the family Yponomeutidae.  It is a Tiger Moth in the genus
Utetheisa, probably Utetheisa pulchelloides which we located on the Farangs Gone Wild site and the Butterfly House site where it states:  “The species occurs widely in the Indo-Australian region, including : Borneo, Cook Islands, New Zealand, Thailand, and much of Australia.”


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Subject: moths
Location: Ruffin,SC
April 10, 2017 3:52 am
We just moved out here and curious who these guys are.
Signature: Mel

Fall Webworm Moth

Dear Mel,
Based on this BugGuide image, we are confident that your spotted moth is a Fall Webworm Moth,
Hyphantria cunea.  According to BugGuide:  ” wings either all white (in northern and some southern individuals) or sparsely to heavily marked with dark grayish-brown to black spots (in many southern individuals); spots rectangular or wedge-shaped, arranged loosely in rows in basal half of wing, and in either a V-shape or more-or-less random arrangement in distal half; ventral side of prothorax and femur of foreleg with orange hairs; hindwing either all white or with one or two black spots”  BugGuide also notes:  “Larvae feed on foliage throughout their development, and secrete silk which they spin into small webs. As they grow, they enlarge the webs, which can sometimes enclose the entire tree. Even severe infestations have little impact on trees because the damage occurs near the end of the annual growing season. Except in the case of ornamental trees, control is seldom necessary because the damage is generally of aesthetic rather than economic importance.”  You should expect to see the webs formed by the caterpillars in late summer. 

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