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Subject:  What’s this wasp moth called
Geographic location of the bug:  The Southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica
Date: 06/30/2018
Time: 10:30 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I’d love to know what species this wasp moth is. I took these photos.
How you want your letter signed:  Len Greene

Wasp Moth

Hi Len,
This Tiger Moth in the subtribe Euchromiina, the group commonly called Wasp Moth, has eluded us in terms of a species identification, but we believe based on this image on Revolvy representing the genus
Cyanopepla, and this image on Bold Systems that the genus Cyanopepla might be correct.  We will contact Arctiid expert Julian Donahue to get his opinion.  Your images are gorgeous.

Wasp Moth

Thank you for your response and compliment!  I’d love it if you’d keep me updated on any further identification of the genus.  I have more photos of unique and beautiful insects that I have photographed on my farm in Costa Rica that I’d be glad share with you if you’d like.
Pura Vida!

Julian Donahue provides an identification.
Hi Daniel,
This is Belemnia inaurata, presumably subspecies inaurata. Although Hampson treated it as an arctiid, it has been transferred to the Ctenuchina (now treated as a subtribe of the tribe Arctiini, subfamily Arctiinae of the family Erebidae–my ctenuchids don’t get any respect any more!)
This diurnal moth is frequently encountered in Costa Rica as it visits plants rich in pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs), such Ageratum (which this plant may be, if it’s blue) and Eupatorium (the latter has been split into multiple genera, such as Conoclinium and Chromolaena, both of which I have in my butterfly & moth garden).
Nice pics. Thanks for the break from witnessing the cascading collapse of everything our nation stands for.
Julian

Ed. Note:  Here is an image of Belemnia inaurata from FlickR.

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Subject:  Ctenucha brunnea Photos
Geographic location of the bug:  Laguna Beach, California
Date: 06/20/2018
Time: 03:10 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello!
I came across your website while trying to identify the moth I saw today. I’m pretty sure it’s a  Ctenucha brunnea. I only saw one photo on your site so I figured I’d pass on my photos for your use.
Thanks for the great reference site!
How you want your letter signed:  Rachelle

Brown Ctenucha

Dear Rachelle,
Thanks so much for adding to our digital archives with your wonderful image of the Brown Ctenucha.  Our only image of this species dates back to 2006.  According to BugGuide, the range is “Coastal areas of central to southern California.”

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Subject:  Giant Leopard Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  St. Louis, MO
Date: 05/30/2018
Time: 04:35 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this giant leopard moth in my basement, May 29, 2018.  I don’t recall ever seeing one of these before, and in my research I discovered  some of the “wooly worms” I see in the fall turn into these beautiful moths.  A successful catch and release to get her back into the outdoors and on her way.
How you want your letter signed:  Cara

Giant Leopard Moth

Dear Cara,
Thanks for sending in your wonderful image of a Giant Leopard Moth.  We are postdating your submission to go live to our site later in June while our editorial staff is away from the office on holiday.

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Subject:  Leopard moth mating
Geographic location of the bug:  Philadelphia
Date: 06/06/2018
Time: 10:39 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi bug man. I was startled to see what I thought was an extra large moth then realized it appears they are mating.
How you want your letter signed:  Christine

Giant Leopard Moths Mating

Dear Christine,
Your images of Giant Leopard Moths mating are really beautiful.

Giant Leopard Moths Mating

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Subject:  Recently emerged mith
Geographic location of the bug:  Pennsylvania
Date: 05/20/2018
Time: 12:05 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What moth?
How you want your letter signed:  Kathy

Isabella Tiger Moth

Dear Kathy,
This is a newly emerged Isabella Tiger Moth, which you can verify thanks to this BugGuide image.  The Isabella Tiger Moth is the adult of the Banded Woolly Bear.

Isabella Tiger Moth

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Subject:  Echo moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Venice fl
Date: 05/16/2018
Time: 10:59 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I thought you’d like this.
How you want your letter signed:  Interested

Echo Moth

This is a beautiful image of an Echo Moth, Seirarctia echo

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