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Subject:  Moth type
Geographic location of the bug:  South africa
Date: 01/23/2018
Time: 03:48 PM ED
Your letter to the bugman:  Please help me to indentify this moth. Have never seing something like it.
How you want your letter signed:  Email

Crambid Snout Moth

Your moth looks so similar to a North American Erythrina Borer that we surmised it must be related, and when we did a search on the genus, we found Terastia subjectalis on African Moths and we found Terastia africana on African Moths as well.  The latter species is reported from “Cameroon, DRCongo, Gambia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe.”

Crambid Snout Moth

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Subject:  Is this a chickweed moth?
Geographic location of the bug:  Palm Bay, Florida
Date: 11/10/2017
Time: 05:41 PM EDT
I’ve seen a few of these in the weeds around my house. The pictures of chickweed moths I’ve seen are mostly yellow with a bit of pink. These guys are mostly pink with a bit of yellow.  Are they some kind of geometer?
Peace from Florida!
How you want your letter signed:  Bill

Coffee-Loving Pyrausta Moth

Dear Bill,
We believe we have correctly identified this pretty little pink and orange moth as a Coffee-Loving Pyrausta Moth,
Pyrausta tyralis, thanks to The Moth Photographers Group.  According to BugGuide:  “Munroe lists the larval host as the wild coffee Seminole balsamo (Psychotria nervosa, Rubiaceae), which is limited to Florida. HOSTS database also lists purplestem beggarticks (Bidens connata pinnata, Asteraceae), and species of Dahlia (Asteraceae).”  The flower upon which your individual is feeding appears to be a Beggar’s Tick, based on the image posted to Emily Compost.

Thanks for that great information.



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Subject: Mystery Moth
Location: Southern California
July 21, 2017 7:24 pm
Do you know the name of this moth? It was hanging on my house today, July 21. It is under 1″ in length. It looks like it should be on a tree.
Signature: Terry

Unknown Snout MOth

Dear Terry,
We are pretty confident this is a Snout Moth in the superfamily Pyraloidea, but we have not had any luck securing an identification on either BugGuide or the Moth Photographers Group.  Perhaps one of our readers will have more luck than we have had.

Thanks so much, Daniel. There’s a great website for it natural history in orange county California that UC Irvine sponsors, and that’s my usual go to.
But this moth was not on that site and was so distinct with those green eyes and that beautiful wood bark finish that I thought for sure someone be able to ID it. I am going to post it on my Instagram page and see if any of the avid insect people there can come up with an ID. If they do, I will get back to you.

Hi Terry,
We also checked that site and as you observed, there is no similar looking moth.

Karl identifies Crambid Snout Moth
Hello Daniel and Terry:
This is a Crambid Snout Moth, probably a White-trimmed Abegesta (Crambidae: Glaphyriinae: Abegesta remellalis); aka White-trimmed Brown Pyralid. It could also be another moth in the same genus, A. reluctalis. I can’t really tell the difference between them and both are found in Southern California. Regards, Karl

Thanks Karl,
The genus is also represented on BugGuide.

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Subject: clear wing moth
Location: Swakopmund Namibia
May 4, 2017 7:11 am
Please tell me this is a new species

Cucumber Moth

Dear swensown,
This is NOT a Clearwing Moth.  Because of its striking resemblance to the North American Melonworm Moth, we knew this had to be a relative in the same genus, which allowed us to quickly identify the Cucumber Moth,
Diaphania indica, thanks to the African Moths site.  The species is also well represented on iSpot.

Thanks very much. You’re info is awesome. Keep it up. Well done
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Subject: Unknown moth
Location: Gilbert, Arizona, USA
April 4, 2017 5:59 pm
I found this moth in Gilbert Arizona today. It was out and aboit in bright daylight. The moth was about the size of an American penny.
Signature: Paul

Snout Moth

Dear Paul,
We are relatively confident that this is a Snout Moth in the superfamily Pyraloidea, but alas, we have poured through both BugGuide and the Moth Photographers Group to no avail.  Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck than we have had.

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Subject: Mystery moth? Haven’t seen much bugs in my city
Location: Riverside, tropical sub urban area
March 10, 2017 9:04 am
This is probably common to some, but where I live now, a forest turned into a housing village, bugs are a pretty rare sighting. This bug looks like a moth, with a pearly back outlined by a black band. It also has a paint brush like tail that keeps fluttering.
Signature: Anything, I guess, kind of new here, still learning about the this interesting site

Melonworm Moth

This is a Moth in the genus Diaphania, and it might be the Melonworm Moth, Diaphania hyalinata, which is a species found in North America and that is pictured on BugGuide.  There are other similar looking members from the genus pictured on BugGuide, and the world contains additional species.  We don’t know where Riverside is located.

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