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Subject: Curious About this Moth
Location: Coram, New York
July 10, 2012 11:00 pm
I saw this moth outside of my home when I was leaving for work in the AM one day and it just hung around all day until I returned. I got curious because I never seen this kind of moth before with such beautiful design and color. Can you tell me a little about this little guy? Thank You!
Signature: Storm Morales

Skiff Moth

Dear Storm,
While we don’t recognize this moth, we agree that it is quite lovely, and with National Moth Week fast approaching, we are trying to post as many interesting moth photos as possible.  Alas, we are beginning to get computer fatigue, so we are posting your photo as unidentified in the hopes that one of our readers can assist with the identification.  Karl, are you there????

Update:  Thanks to CTGirl who sent in a comment, we can report that this is a Skiff Moth, one of the Slug Caterpillar Moths which we verified on BugGuide.

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Furry brown and green moth
Location:  Sartell, MN
September 30, 2010 11:24 am
I found this little moth on my mom’s front porch this June and I was really curious as to what it was. It was so furry it reminded me of a tiny dog or a bear. I looked around on google a bit and it looks similar to the Stinging rose caterpillar moth, except with much less green.
If you know what this moth might be any info would be appreciated! Thanks!
Signature:  Jessica F.

Spiny Oak Slug Moth

Hi Jessica,
Congratulations on getting the family correct for your Spiny Oak Slug Moth,
Euclea delphinii, a highly variable species that is pictured on BugGuide demonstrating the varying amount of green that can be present.  The Spiny Oak Slug Moth is pictured along side the Stinging Rose Caterpillar Moth on the Moth Photographers Group website.

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Leaf Looking Bug or Moth
June 10, 2010
I saw this bug on the outside of my nephew’s house in Kearney, Missouri. I’ve looked in books and online but can’t figure it out. Is it a moth? A leafhopper?
Kearney, Missouri

Spiny Oak Slug Moth

Hi Georgia,
We believe this is a Spiny Oak Slug Moth, Euclea delphinii, which is featured on BugGuide, but it might also be a closely related species in the same genus.  We often get identification requests for the Spiny Oak Slug Caterpillar, but rarely the adult moth.

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Mexican moth
January 3, 2010
This moth was found in the morning outside our room in Cancun – the balcony light had been on all night and had attracted quite a few insects – which in turn were just beginning to be noticed by the birds.
Cancun Mexico

Moth from Mexico

Puss Moth from Mexico

Hi Walter,
We are checking with Julian Donahue, an expert in the family Arctiidae, to see if he recognizes your moth.

Julian Donahue assists
It’s in the family Megalopygidae (puss caterpillars, puss moths, I believe they’re called).
You might find a name on the Internet, but I don’t have any pertinent references here at home.
Julian P. Donahue

Ed. Note
Puss Moths are also called Flannel Moths.  We tried a web search and found a page on the family Megalopygidae on the Belize Moths website, but this species is not listed.  For now, it will remain an unidentified Puss Moth.  Many moths from this family have stinging caterpillars that will result in a painful encounter is they are carelessly handled.

Unknown Puss Moth from Mexico

Karl to the rescue again
Hi Daniel:
I am fairly certain that the genus is Megalopyge (Megalopygidae: Megalopyginae), but it is quite a large group and it is difficult to be sure about the species. However, the lovely pinkish highlights suggest that it could be M. lanata, the Mangrove Flannel Moth (also here), which ranges from Mexico to Brazil. Most Megalopyge species appear to come in a range of color variations and although I wasn’t able to locate an easily linkable online photo that shows the same vivid black contrasts as Walter’s individual, I have seen images of M. lanata that look very similar. If it is M. lanata, then this is the third time it has appeared on WTB – the previous two being caterpillars. As with other Flannel Moths, this one earns its notoriety because of the problems it can cause as a caterpillar. I really like these photos and I believe, once again, some of the best images of a given species can be found on WTB. Regards.

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orange moth in costa rica
Fri, May 15, 2009 at 5:07 PM
I found this moth in costa rica on the eastern coast near panama, what kind is it?
gandoca, costa rica

Unknown Moth

Acraga coa

Dear Jes,
We are relatively certain we posted this species or a very similar species in the past, but alas, we have not been able to locate an image in our vast archives. We suspect this may be an individual in the family Lasiocampidae that includes the Tent Caterpillar MOths and Lappet Moths. Hopefully, one of our readers will write in with a correct identification.

Unknown Moth

Update: Sun, May 17, 2009 at 9:04 AM
Hi Bugman:
It’s a beautiful shot, but a little hard to identify because of the head-on view. I believe it is in the family Dalceridae (Dalcerid moths), a relatively small family of neotropical moths. Orange coloration and very fuzzy legs are typical for the group. The Dalcerids are related to the Megalopygidae and Limacodidae, and the three families are sometimes collectively known as “slug caterpillars”. Whereas many of the Megalopygidae and Limacodidae possess stinging hairs, Dalcerid larvae are covered in gelatinous tubercles which probably deter attacks from predators. I think Jes’s moth may be in the genus Acraga , possibly A. coa . Regards.

Hi Daniel:
I just found the previous post of this moth on WTB (I should have checked first). Excellent photos and an identification by Dr. Scott Miller at the Smithsonian Institution.

Thanks Karl,
It is a little sad that we could not quickly locate this identification in our own archives.

Update:  August 5, 2012
In trying to clean up some unidentified tags, we thought we would provide another link to this unusual moth on the Moths of the Andes page.

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Moth, fly, or?
Sun, Nov 16, 2008 at 4:37 PM
Hi, again! I love this site and Bug Guide. The two photos below were taken on my patio on an old white plastic table (for color interpretation) and are of a flying insect with white wings and thorax and tiny tufts of red hairs forming a kind of pattern. I have seen the same type of insect with black tufts instead of red. I live at about 1100 meters on the Pacific slopes of a mountain range in southeastern Costa Rica. The largest nearby city is San Vito. These particular insects seem to be more common during the dry season.
Mary Thorman
Costa Rica

Tiger Moth from Costa Rica

Tiger Moth from Costa Rica

Hi Mary,
We believe this is a Tiger Moth and we are going to contact an expert in the Arctiidae, Julian Donahue, for assistance with the species identification.

Sorry–it’s a megalopygid. Common, but I don’t recall the generic name at the moment.

Correction: Tue, Nov 18, 2008 at 10:46 AM
Hello Bugman:
I believe this is a moth in the Family Megalopygidae (Flannel Moths), in the Genus Trosia. Trosia is a very abundant genus and they all look quite similar, but Trosia fallax appears to be a very close match. Cheers.

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