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Subject:  Unknown Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Olympia, Washington
Date: 03/28/2018
Time: 10:46 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I am normally very knowledgeable when it comes to insect identification. However, my friend sent me this image and it has me stumped. I know for sure that it is some type of moth, but beyond that, I’m at a loss.
How you want your letter signed:  Micah

Small Magpie Moth

Dear Micah,
This sure looks to us like a Tiger Moth in the subfamily Arctiinae, but we cannot locate any similar looking moths on the Pacific Northwest Moths site nor on BugGuide’s images of North American Tiger Moths.  It is possible we have the subfamily incorrect, but it is still not pictured on the former site.  We have written to Arctiid expert Julian Donahue and we are still waiting to hear back from him.  Until then, we will tag it as unidentified.

Facebook Comment from Joan Brehm Rickert:
Looks like a Small Magpie Moth. Anania hortulata. They are present in that area.

Thanks to that comment, we have verified the identity is correct on BugGuide where it states:  “native to Eurasia, North American distribution seems patchy and not well known (as of May 2013, BugGuide has photos from British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ontario, Quebec, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia). Any additional info appreciated.” 

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Subject:  Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  North NJ USA
Date: 03/24/2018
Time: 01:22 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We have these moths in our house and cannot identify what type these are
How you want your letter signed:  Mitch K

Mating Meal Moths

Dear Mitch,
These are mating Meal Moths,
Pyralis farinalis, one of several species that will infest stored foods, especially grain products.  You should search the pantry for the site of the infestation.  According to BugGuide:  “mainly in homes, barns, warehouses and other buildings where grain or processed grain products are stored” and “larvae (caterpillars) feed on stored grain and grain products.” 

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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.

Daniel,
Thanks for that great information.

Peace,

Bill

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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.
http://nathistoc.bio.uci.edu/lepidopt/Moths.htm
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.
Thanks,
Terry

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
Hi
Please tell me this is a new species
Signature: svensown@yahoo.co.uk

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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