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Subject:  Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  North Carolina
Date: 04/12/2018
Time: 03:22 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I see a lot of moths in rural NC but have yet to see one like this one and was curious as to what this moth is called.
How you want your letter signed:  Angelique Sachak

Fall Webworm Moth

Dear Angelique,
There are many similar looking white Tiger Moths with black markings that are native to your region, especially those in the subtribe Spilosomina, which you can see on BugGuide, but the antennae and the coloration of the front legs on your individual leads us to believe this 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.”

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Subject:  A very different moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Baan Maka Chalet, near Kaeng Krachan National Park, Petchaburi, Thailand
Your letter to the bugman:  I am fascinated with moths and have many postings on iNaturalist  of these insects, representing many families.  However, I am completely befuddled as to what Family this very interesting and different moth belongs in.  Can you help?
How you want your letter signed:  Pam Piombino, Colorado

Tiger Moth

Dear Pam,
We believe you moth is a member of the superfamily Noctuoidea.

Thanks, Daniel.  Actually, the owner of Baan Maka found the correct i.d. in the Moths of Thailand under Arctidae:   Trischalis subaurana
He has also photographed two other members of the same Genus on his property.  They must be quite rare as I looked for days in web searches for another that resembled my photo.
All the best, Pam

Thanks for the update Pam and the iNaturalist link.  Arctiidae as been reclassified as the subfamily Arctiinae within the family Erebidae and under the general superfamily Noctuoidea.

Thank you for the education!  I am a beginner with so very much to learn, Pam
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Subject:  Florida moth/butterfly
Geographic location of the bug:  Vero beach Florida
Date: 12/19/2017
Time: 06:40 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I cannot seem to find the identity of these two. Picture was taken during mating, then aftwr they separated.
How you want your letter signed:  Rob Kellar

Mating Tussock Moths

Dear Rob,
We are currently going through old requests that arrived while our editorial staff was away for the holidays, and we are attempting to catch up on some old identifications and posting those that will be of greatest interest to our readership.  These are mating Tussock Moths in the genus
Orgyia.  The image with the single individual depicts the male, the gender that is capable of flight and that has very plumose antennae to better enable him to locate the flightless, sedentary female that emerges from pupation and releases pheromones.  Based on this BugGuide image, we believe you might have encountered White Marked Tussock Moths, Orgyia leucostigma.  Interestingly, the wings on the female in your image are more developed than the usual vestigial wings we have seen pictured in other examples posted on the internet.

Male Tussock Moth

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Subject: Insect I.D Needed
Geographic location of the bug:  Chiangmai Province, Thailand
Date: 02/14/2018
Time: 04:04 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello Bugman,
I found this insect walking along some gravel on the side of the road.  It appeared to be injured and it could not fly.  Could you please help me identify this species.
Sincerely,
How you want your letter signed:  Myles Davis

Tiger Moth: Amata sperbius

Dear Myles,
This beautiful wasp-mimic, diurnal Tiger Moth is
Amata sperbius based on the resemblance of your individual to those pictured on iNaturalist and on FlickR.  Perhaps it is recently eclosed and its wings are not yet capable of flight.

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Subject:  What is this thing?!
Geographic location of the bug:  St Pete Florida
Date: 02/04/2018
Time: 09:29 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hey guys,
This thing was on the exterior wall of a building. Can you tell me what it is?
How you want your letter signed:  Michael

Spotted Oleander Caterpillar Moth

Dear Michael,
Is there an oleander shrub nearby?  Though it looks like a wasp, this is actually a Spotted Oleander Caterpillar Moth.

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Subject:  Weird bug on fence
Geographic location of the bug:  Florida
Date: 01/25/2018
Time: 07:49 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello! So I found this big guy on my fence. I’ve never seen anything like it before. The top half looks like an owlet moth….I’m not sure what the bottom half looks like. I’ve tried doing searches, but I can’t find anything. Even tried to search for the life cycle of the owlet, but that doesn’t yield anything, either. It was about 2″ long and about as big around as a pinky finger. It stayed on the fence nearly all day.
How you want your letter signed:  Cher Lewis

Newly Eclosed Eyed Tiger Moth

Dear Cher,
This is a newly eclosed Eyed Tiger Moth or Giant Leopard Moth.  Eclosion is the process of emerging from the pupal state, so this individual’s wings have not yet expanded allowing it to fly, a process that might take several additional hours.  Insects are most vulnerable during the process of metamorphosis.

Newly Eclosed Eyed Tiger Moth

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