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Subject: Giant Leopard Moth
Location: Silver spring, md
November 12, 2016 8:55 pm
Just loved the blue irredescence on this black ringed polka dot white moth. My daughter found him in the middle of our lawn, maybe he fell out of the silver maple tree – who knows.
Signature: Divya

Giant Leopard Moth

Giant Leopard Moth

Dear Divya,
The spots on this Giant Leopard Moth or Eyed Tiger Moth contrast so beautifully with the striped clothing in the image you sent.  Like many Tiger Moths, the Giant Leopard Moth does not feed as an adult.

Thanks!! I would actually love a dress in giant leopard moth print 🙂

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Subject: What kind of insect is this?
Location: St. Augustine FL
November 12, 2016 8:26 am
My Brother in law has had this guy in his garage for a few days. It has basically stayed right where it landed and has not moved. Any idea what it is?
Signature: Thank You, Jay

Polka Dot Wasp Moth

Polka Dot Wasp Moth

Dear Jay,
The Polka Dot Wasp Moth,
Syntomeida epilais, is a relatively common species in Florida because the caterpillars feed on the leaves of oleander, which is cultivated extensively in home gardens in the area.  This harmless species derives protection because it mimics stinging wasps, and wary predators will leave it be.

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Subject: Is this mournful sphinx? Two mating?
Location: Cape Coral Fl
November 11, 2016 8:09 pm
Hi- This was on the side of my house late afternoon near my garden, Cape Coral Florida 11/11/2016- thought it was a bat , but looks like two moths maybe mating?
Saw pic on your website- identified as Mournful Moth? Any ideas? thanks
Signature: R p

Mating Mournful Sphinxes

Mating Mournful Sphinxes

Dear R p,
You are correct that these are mating Mournful Sphinxes.

Thanks Daniel- Very Cool!!👍

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Subject: Floridian moths
Location: Southwest Florida
November 6, 2016 1:38 pm
Would you help me identify these two beauties?
The big yellow one, dying on its back, had similar coloring on the top side of its wings.
The reddish copper one, taking a nap on the wall, was much smaller.
Thank you!
Signature: Lost Yankee

Imperial Moth

Imperial Moth

Dear Lost Yankee,
Both of your moths are Giant Silkmoths in the family Saturniidae.  The dead yellow moth is an Imperial Moth,
Eacles imperialis, and in our opinion, they are much more beautiful alive than dead.  Though you did not indicate from where you were transplanted, you might be interested in knowing that the Imperial Moth is found throughout eastern North America, as far west as Texas and north into Canada.  Your other moth is an Oakworm Moth in the genus Anisota, and members of this genus share a similar range, but extending west to Arizona.

Oakworm Moth

Oakworm Moth

Neat! I wondered if the yellow one was
an Imperial. Certainly has a regally wide wingspan.  Maine is where I
come from, and even though the Imperial ranges that far north, I’ve never seen it.
Too bad the Oakworm moth caterpillars feed on our beautiful live oak trees, but they grow up to be good-looking little fuzzies.
Thank you very much for your quick and informative reply, Bugman! As I explore Florida, you may hear from me again.
Lost Yankee

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Subject: Moth in Jakarta
Location: Jakarta
October 30, 2016 5:41 pm
Hi. This guy/gal was hanging on our patio wall in Jakarta, Indonesia, in late October. Any idea what it’s called?
Love your site. Thanks!
Signature: BT

Fruit Piercing Moth

Fruit Piercing Moth

Dear BT,
While we did not find an exact visual match online, we did find several similar looking moths which makes us feel pretty confident this is a Fruit Piercing Moth in the subfamily Calpinae, similar to these images on this Bengkulu Blog or this image from the Papua Insect site.  It seems to most closely resemble
Eudocima (Adris) prolai from the Papua Insect site.

Fruit Piercing Moth

Fruit Piercing Moth

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Subject: Large moth
Location: La Quinta, Ca (desert)
October 30, 2016 10:17 pm
This moth was in our home last night. This morning it was on the floor by the back door.
I picked it up and put it on the outside wall. He stayed there for a while, even allowing me to touch it.
Finally it flew away.
What is it?
Signature: Laurie

Rustic Sphinx

Rustic Sphinx

Dear Laurie,
This pretty Sphinx Moth or Hawkmoth is a Rustic Sphinx.

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