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Subject: Unknown bug
Location: Southern Quebec, Canada
July 16, 2017 1:00 pm
Hello, my mom discovered this flying, horned semi jelly bug at her cottage in southern Quebec, Canada. We have no clue what it is or which family it could be from. Hopefully you can help us identify this odd looking thing 🙂
Signature: Thank you, Cailin

Wood Nymph

Dear Cailin,
This is one of the Wood Nymph moths in the genus
Eudryas, and members of the genus are excellent camouflage mimics as they resemble bird droppings.

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Subject: Great owl moth( Erebus macrops)???
Location: Rung Sawang village, Rarm Intra 8, Bang Khen, Bangkok, Thailand
May 1, 2017 7:36 am
So this is the second time I spot this moth first time my grandfather spot it when I saw it I think it was female because she is very big so now my grandmother spot it at the same spot as my grand father, that spot is outdoor kitchen, This time I think it was male because it was small. What it host plant I know that it host plant was acacia because of wiki but is it really acacia in Bangkok? I think it might be Leucaena leucocephala because at the end of the road in the village it has little forest that has many plant (include banana lemongrass and many tall grass). And what they really call Great owl moth, Owl eye moth, Owl moth. THANKS
forgot he about 3-4 inches
Signature: Focus Tharatorn Neamphan

Great Owl Moth

Dear Focus,
Thank you for submitting images of a Great Owl Moth from Thailand.

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Subject: Moth
Location: Guatemala
December 10, 2016 10:10 pm
Hi! My aunt found this little guy on her rose bush in her yard. We were curious to find out what type of moth it is. Thankyou!
Signature: To Emma

Owlet Moth: Lichnoptera decora

Owlet Moth: Lichnoptera decora

Dear Emma,
This is an Owlet Moth in the family Noctuidae, and we believe it is
Lichnoptera decora, a species Julian Donahue graciously identified for us in the past.  The species is also pictured on BugGuide.  The image your aunt provided appears to illustrate a moth on a leaf that is curled around a cocoon.  We can think of two possible scenarios to explain the image.  Perhaps the moth just emerged from the cocoon, or perhaps it is a male moth that has been attracted to the pheromones released by a female who is about to emerge from the cocoon.  Are you able to elaborate on either of those suspicions?

Yes! My aunt found it as a caterpillar and watched it emerge out of the cocoon. Then she took a picture of the moth.

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Subject: Beautiful moth
Location: Northeastern Caribbean
November 15, 2016 6:52 pm
I think this is a moth just wondering the name
Signature: Daniel

Heiroglyphic Moth

Heiroglyphic Moth

Dear Daniel,
This pretty Owlet Moth is commonly called a Heiroglyphic Moth,
Diphthera festiva.  In addition to being found in the Caribbean, it is also found in the southeast portions of North America.

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Subject: Iris Borer Moth
Location: Faribault County, Minnesota
September 24, 2016 4:09 pm
Greetings, Daniel!
I mentioned an Iris Borer Moth I saw years ago. Back in 2013 I still had Flag Iris growing in my Rain Garden. As I weeded, I found rotting rhizomes, large larva and numerous pupae, all of which got tossed into the yard for later raking up and taking to compost. The robins were quite happy with the feasts they found in the “weeds” I was pulling up! I even got a couple photos of robins with the grubs in their beaks!
Well, that summer I decided no more iris for me in my garden. Just before that decision, I was working in a section when I saw this large moth. It was resting at the base of an iris plant so I had my suspicions as to what it was. An absolutely gorgeous moth as I previously mentioned, with patterns reminiscent of Native American Cave Paintings or even petroglyphs. Being me, I took several photos from a couple angles to use for possible identification (this was before I discovered your awesome website!). And of course my suspicions were confirmed.
So here are three of my best photos of an Iris Borer Moth, taken September 2013. Enjoy!
Blessings,
Signature: Wanda J. Kothlow

Iris Borer Moth

Iris Borer Moth

Dear Wanda,
Your excellent images of an Iris Borer Moth,
Macronoctua onusta, are a noteworthy addition to our archives as this represents a new species for our site.  According to BugGuide:  “larvae bore into iris plants and feed on the rhizomes”

Iris Borer Moth

Iris Borer Moth

Wow, a new species for your archives! That’s fabulous!
This gorgeous moth I photographed was holding on to the base of an upright iris leaf so the moth was facing up (the pictures should be vertical rather than horizontal). I remember when I took the photo wondering how many people even get to see an adult Iris Borer Moth. People who want to grow iris are going to remove the larvae before they get to the pupae stage whenever possible, so the number of adults is not likely to be substantial. Then again, adult females can lay hundreds of eggs which keeps the population going …
I’m glad I could help your archives grow, Daniel.
Blessings,
Wanda

Thanks Wanda,
We rotated the images because all images on our site are horizontal, and to orient them vertically, we would have had to reduce the magnification.

Gotcha …

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Subject: Looper Moth on Sedum at Mom’s?
Location: Faribault County, Minnesota
September 21, 2016 3:52 pm
Greetings, WTB Volunteers!
My Test Message went through! WooHoo! So I’m hoping this query I’ve been trying forever to send will make it as well.
Our Autumn flowers are beginning to bloom, which of course includes sedum. While most sedum are not native to MN, Dad had a fondness for them so several varieties are in Mom’s garden. Like prairie liatris, sedum are pollinator magnets. Late one afternoon at the end of August 2016, I was taking photos and noticed a moth I’ve not seen before. Gorgeous thing, which of course does not necessarily mean it’s an insect we want around. Years ago I a very large and absolutely stunning moth in my garden near the iris. (I took pictures I can send if you like). I put two and two together and discovered it was the adult of the Iris Borer. Beautiful markings, reminiscent of Native American cave paintings! Still, not a moth one wants if one hopes to grow iris!
Anyway, this most recent “new” moth has the outline of a star on its back with two prominent spots along the lower edges of the star. In profile, it has prominent ridges with arise from its shoulders and back. Quite stunning to see, and was feasting quite happily on the sedum blossoms. Even the bees did not deter this moth!
I’ve not seen a moth such as this, certainly not to photograph, so I’m excited to add this to my sightings list! The little bit of research I’ve been able to do gets me as far as a possible Looper Moth, but then I get stuck. So many Looper Moths! Can you help me narrow it down?
Blessings one and all!
Signature: Wanda J. Kothlow

Looper Moth

Looper Moth

Dear Wanda,
We are not going to be much help.  So many Looper Moths in the Subfamily Plusiinae, which is well represented on BugGuide, look very similar.  Some possibilities are that it is in the genus Autographa, which is pictured on BugGuide.

Looper Moth

Looper Moth

Well, Daniel, that helps explain why I was having difficulty with an ID. I’ll just refer to it as “Looper Moth A” until I have more information!
Thanks so much, Daniel.
Blessings,
Wanda

Looper Moth

Looper Moth

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