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Subject:  moth to identify
Geographic location of the bug:  Yucatan Mexico
Date: 12/09/2017
Time: 11:24 AM EDT
This looks a lot like Horama panthalon but there are enough differences on this moth to suggest another species. Any ideas?
How you want your letter signed:  John Guerin

Wasp Moth: Horama panthalon

Dear John,
While we acknowledge there is variation between individuals of the same species, we do not notice any significant differences between the image of the Wasp Moth you submitted and the images previously identified as
Horama panthalon on our site.  Furthermore, the markings on your moth looks the same as the markings on the Texas Wasp Moth in this BugGuide posting.  We may be wrong, but we believe the individuals in our archives, your individual and the postings on BugGuide all represent the same species.

Thank you Daniel. It is very kind of you to look into this. I’m sure you are correct in concluding that it is inter-species variation. I do however find it interesting that all 3 photos of the Yucatan specimens have consistent markings behind the eyes and their “panthalons” are quite large while the Bugguide specimens are also all consistent in having slightly different markings and smaller “panthalons”. Of course, regional variations could explain this and perhaps in another thousand generations or so they may indeed become separate species!!!
Thanks again Daniel, its nice to share bug talk with someone who shares the passion.
John Guerin

Update:  January 14, 2018
Hi Daniel
As a follow up to our last e-mail regarding the identification of the Horama wasp moth species, I am now convinced that the moth I photographed is not Horama panthalon but rather Horama oedippus. Here is a link that has led me to that conclusion.
The photographs are not great but the markings and the size of the panthalons are identical.
I thought you would be interested in this information.
Regards   John

Happy New Year and thanks for the update John.  With that information, we located an image on pBase of Horama oedippus that does indeed look identical to your moth, but interestingly, another image of Horama oedippus posted to pBase has an entirely orange abdomen, which is either an incorrect identification, or an indication that there is much variation in color and markings within the species, or perhaps even sexual dimorphism.  Many similar looking insects, including many butterflies and moths, cannot be reliably identified through observations or even through images, but rather they require actual inspection of the individual, possibly through dissection of the genitalia or by DNA analysis.


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Subject:  Looks like Oleander Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Clearwater Florida
Date: 12/02/2017
Time: 06:26 PM EDT
Hi Bugman! I saw this Beautiful Moth? that looks like a Oleander Moth but it has translucent wings. Would it be possible for you to identify this bug for me. I think the colors are beautiful. Thanks Again Very Much!!! Have a Great One! Brent Hansen
How you want your letter signed:  Brent Hansen Clearwater Florida

Scarlet Bodied Wasp Moth

Dear Brent,
The Scarlet Bodied Wasp Moth in your image and the Oleander Moth, commonly called the Polka Dot Wasp Moth, are in the same subtribe Euchromiina,
hence their similar appearance.

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Subject:  Insect ID
Geographic location of the bug:  Mexico
Date: 11/20/2017
Time: 02:37 PM EDT
Hello, this insect is located in Mexico(it is November).  Is it a tarantula hawk?
How you want your letter signed:  Not sure

Tiger Moth:  Isanthrene pyrocera

This is a wasp mimicking Tiger Moth, and we believe it might be Leucotmemis guyanensis or a closely related species based on its similarity to this image posted to Bold Systems.  We will attempt to contact Arctiid expert Julian Donahue to ask his opinion.

Tiger Moth

Julian Donahue makes a correction.
Happy Thanksgiving, Daniel.
Our turkey is in the oven, with my signature Mexican stuffing, roasting in preparation for feeding 10 people tonight–with four of them having driven all the way from Albuquerque.
Your moth is Isanthrene pyrocera Hampson, 1898, described from Jalisco, Mexico.
Best wishes from the Sonoran Desert,

I appreciate you both taking the time to assist.
Have a great weekend.

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Subject:  Beautiful Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Seminole Florida
Date: 11/13/2017
Time: 01:45 PM EDT
Hi Bugman  I saw this Beautiful Moth   and don’t know what kind it is. Would you Please identify this Beautiful Moth for me. Thanks Very Much!  and Have a Great Day! Brent Hansen
How you want your letter signed:  Brent Hansen

Eyed Tiger Moth

Dear Brent,
This beautiful moth,
Hypercompe scribonia, has two common names that reference to giant cats.  Though Giant Leopard Moth is the more commonly used name, we prefer Eyed Tiger Moth as it is an additional reference to the tribe to which it belongs, Arctiini, the Tiger Moths.

Thanks Again Very Much Daniel! Appreciate your help again. Was having trouble uploading images I have several more I will try to send again. Thanks Again!

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Subject:  Moth id
Geographic location of the bug:  Monkton MD
Date: 11/10/2017
Time: 11:35 AM EDT
I think this is a moth? It was found in early November on Hillside Sheffield Pink Chrysanthemum (although not native, it is a wonderful pollinator plant).
How you want your letter signed:  Sue Myers

Orange Collared Scape Moth

Dear Sue,
This is an Orange-Collared Scape Moth,
Cisseps fulvicollis, and according to BugGuide:  “Adults fly from May to October or first hard frost.” As an aside, there is also Flower Fly in the upper left corner of your image.  As a further aside, we were amused that in renaming your image for our archives, we discovered another Scape Moth submitted by a woman named Sue already existed in our archives.

Thank you so much! Wonderful information!
Sue Myers
Environmental Educator
Ladew Topiary Gardens

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Subject:  Is this bug some sort of wasp?
Geographic location of the bug:  Tampa, Florida
Date: 11/05/2017
Time: 06:09 PM EDT
Hello Bugman,
I spotted this very pretty and colorful little bug this afternoon.  She was only interested in my Marigolds.  Is she some sort of wasp?
Thanks in advance!
How you want your letter signed:  Michele Mistretta

Spotted Oleander Caterpillar Moth

Dear Michele,
Though it resembles a Wasp, this is actually a Spotted Oleander Caterpillar Moth.  We have written in the past of how the Spotted Oleander Caterpillar Moth resembles a Tarantula Hawk, a large Spider Wasp that preys upon Tarantulas and Trapdoor Spiders, but there are no reported Tarantula Hawks with black bodies and red wings found in Florida.

Holy moly!  I never would have guessed!  Such a pretty bug!
As always, thanks so much!
Michele Mistretta
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