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Subject: Beetle
Location: Northeast Ohio, Youngstown
July 30, 2016 5:33 pm
Found this bug in my kitchen… It’s 8:30 PM EST in northeast Ohio on July 30,2016. It’s about 75 degrees Fahrenheit, and we’ve been having some unusually warm and humid weather. Just wondered what this little guy is. 🙂
Signature: Mindy

Ailanthus Webworm Moth

Ailanthus Webworm Moth

Dear Mindy,
This is an Ailanthus Webworm Moth, a species with caterpillars that feed on the leaves of the invasive Ailanthus Tree or Tree of Heaven.  On a totally different note, did you go to see Hillary Clinton speak at East High School today?  We have relatives in the Youngstown area, including mom who is 87 and lives in Campbell, Ohio, where our editorial staff was born and raised.  We have also been closely following the Mill Creek Park drama, and we personally feel it is very unfortunate when we hear how mismanagement has resulted in controversial and unfair job terminations there, and how the park is falling into a very sad state due to lack of proper staffing.

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Subject: Clearwing Moth + Hover Fly
Location: Central MT mountains
July 28, 2016 8:33 pm
Took this photo today in the Highwood Mountains east of Great Falls, MT at Showdown Ski Area.
It is similar to the Rhododendron borer, but there aren’t any rhododendrons in this area.
Also, 2nd picture is of a mimic, hover fly, but that is all I know. Can you identify?
Signature: Renee

Clearwing Moth: Carmenta giliae

Clearwing Moth: Carmenta giliae

Dear Renee,
We are relatively confident we have identified your Clearwing Moth in the family Sesiidae as
Carmenta giliae based on images posted to the Moth Photographers Group.  We double checked that with BugGuide.  According to BugGuide, the habitat is “Mid to high elevation montane meadows” and “Larvae bore in the roots of wild geranium (Geranium, Geraniaceae). Adults take nectar from a variety of flowers.”  We will attempt to identify your Hover Fly in a distinct posting.

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Subject: Moth?
Location: Cyprus
July 28, 2016 3:35 am
This insect is currently in my garden in Cyprus, I think it is a moth but as it is out in daytime I am not sure. I hope you can help!
Signature: Peter

Levant Hawkmoth

Levant Hawkmoth

Dear Peter,
You are correct that this is a moth, and moths are not limited to nocturnal flights.  There are many species that are diurnal, flying during daylight hours.  We are confident we have properly identified your individual as a Levant Hawkmoth,
Theretra alecto, thanks to the Cyprus Discovery website.  According to Sphingidae of the Western Palaearctic, despite being “The commonest sphingid in Lebanon, apart from Macroglossum stellatarum … Little is known about the behaviour of this species except that it is attracted to flowers and light.”

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Subject: Moth?
Location: Irmo, SC
July 24, 2016 7:12 am
My neighbor found this in her house last night and promptly threw it back outside! What is it??? Any idea?
Signature: Frances O’Toole

Regal Moth

Regal Moth

Dear Frances,
This beauty is a Royal Walnut Moth or Regal Moth, the adult form of the Hickory Horned Devil caterpillar, arguably an even more impressive creature.  We are sad that our first report this year is a dead individual as they are so much more impressive while living.  Regal Moths only live a few days, so this individual may have actually died of old age.

It wasn’t dead yet…. they captured it in there house and put it back outside…

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Subject: lime hawk moth
Location: Bellefontaine, Ohio
July 26, 2016 2:30 pm
Is this a lime hawk moth ?
Signature: hoot

Pandorus Sphinx

Pandorus Sphinx

Dear Hoot,
The Lime Hawkmoth is a European species.  This is a Pandorus Sphinx.  Though they are both green, their markings are distinctly different.

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Subject: Weird flying insect in southern Maryland
Location: Waldorf, MD
July 22, 2016 10:35 am
I’ve never seen this insect/bug before, just curious as to what it is.
Signature: Matt

Mating Imperial Moths

Mating Imperial Moths

Dear Matt,
These are mating Imperial Moths, and the darker member of the pair, the male, is on the bottom.  We have numerous images in our archives of mating Imperial Moths.

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