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Subject:  Daughter caught a curiosity
Geographic location of the bug:  Lincoln City, Oregon
Date: 07/12/2019
Time: 10:40 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  So another submission… my daughter Chloe caught this fella in her camping catch kit… we’re super excited to hear back from ya buggy folks as we dunno what this battle scared fella (or gal as Chloe says) is
How you want your letter signed:  Joe and kitty bit

Tiger Moth

Dear Joe and kitty bit,
This is a wasp-mimic Tiger Moth in the genus
Ctenucha, probably Ctenucha multifaria based on this BugGuide image.

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Subject:  Moth???
Geographic location of the bug:  Maylasia Indochina
Date: 07/05/2019
Time: 08:49 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Video on FB by a friend….
How you want your letter signed:  YFS

Tiger Moth: Creatonotos transiens

Dear YFS,
This is a male Tiger Moth,
Creatonotos transiens, revealing his coremata, a specialized scent organ.  Seems this image is getting some internet buzz.

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Subject:  Request
Geographic location of the bug:  Asunción, Paraguay
Date: 07/01/2019
Time: 07:27 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We found this bug in class. I suspect that it’s some kind of wasp. Please help me identify it.
How you want your letter signed:  Juan Espinoza

Wasp Moth

Dear Juan,
This is a Wasp Moth, but we have not been able to identify the species.  We will see if Arctiinae expert Julian Donahue can assist with a genus or species identification.

Thank you for your response! I’ll be waiting to hear from you about the moth wasp.

Update:  Julian Donahue responds.
Hi Daniel,
It’s a species of Macrocneme. Quite a few species in the genus, very similar in appearance, but separable by genitalia. In fact, the key to species in the revision of the genus by Dietz in 1994 is based on male genitalia!
The current classification is now: Lepidoptera: Erebidae: Arctiinae: Arctiini: Euchromiina: Macrocneme.
My, how they’ve demoted the ctenuchids!
Anxiously awaiting the onset of the monsoon,
Julian

Ed. Note:  See Fauna of Paraguay.

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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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