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Subject: W. VA moth
Location: Baker, WV
July 24, 2017 6:50 am
I’m looking up several bugs, moths mostly, found in Baker, WV.
Signature: ThosRDyer

Painted Lichen Moth (left) and Rosy Maple Moth

Dear ThosRDyer,
The image you attached that contains two moths has a Painted Lichen Moth on the left and a Rosy Maple Moth on the right.

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Subject: Moth
Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex
July 21, 2017 10:37 am
This moth was seen in Eastbourne, East Sussex, England on 8 June at around 4pm. I think it is some kind of tiger moth.
Signature: JJJ

Scarlet Tiger Moth

Dear JJJ,
You are correct that this is a Tiger Moth.  We identified it as a Scarlet Tiger Moth,
Callimorpha dominula, thanks to the image posted on the Animal Photos site where it states:  “Scarlet Tigers, like many other Tiger Moths, are active by day and by night, liking damp areas. They are among the few moths to eat nectar. Poisonous chemicals absorbed from host plants by their caterpillars give them red warning colours and make them unattractive to daytime predators. ”  According to UK Moths:  “The rather variable adults of this species usually have a metallic green sheen on the blackish areas of the forewing. It is one of the few tiger moths with developed mouthparts, allowing it to feed on nectar.  A day-flying species, it is locally common in southern and south-west England, south Wales and some areas in North-west England.”

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Subject:  Moth
Location:  Southold, Long Island, New York
July 18, 2017
Hi Dan here’s  a beauty it was on my deck. Southold LI NY. Very happy to sit on my finger. Please let me no what she is.
Thank you Mary

Figured Tiger Moth, we believe

Dear Mary,
This is a Tiger Moth in the subfamily Arctiinae.  We believe, based on this BugGuide image, that it is a Figured Tiger Moth.  Did you get a look at its underwings?  It seems there are various degrees of red on the underwings, with this BugGuide example being very red.  There are some similar looking Tiger Moths in the genus, so our identification is questionable at best. 

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Subject: Flying Insect
Location: Palm beach gardens, FL
July 17, 2017 11:41 am
I’ve never seen an insect like this. I hope you can let me know as I’m very curious.
Signature: Deb

Polka Dot Wasp Moth

Dear Deb,
This striking insect is a Polka Dot Wasp Moth, and they are not uncommon in Florida where the larval food plant, oleander, is found in many gardens.  The red background on your image is quite bold, but the red tip on the moth’s abdomen blends in.  That red-tipped abdomen is protective coloration for this species as it mimics the coloration of many stinging wasps.

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Subject: cool looking Moth
Location: Western NY
July 18, 2017 4:03 am
I have been trying to find information on this Moth I found in Chautauqua County, NY at Peak’n Peak resort. It looks similar to other Moths I have seen but seems more elaborate. Can you please advise what it is?
Signature: really nicely??

Tiger Moth: Haploa species

We cannot currently access BugGuide, our favorite site for identifications of North American species, but we did locate images of the Reversed Haploa on Cirrus Images which states:  “They are clumsy fliers, their principle tactic being flying a short distance and hiding in the grass or low foliage (there are perhaps thousands of species that employ this tactic). Their camouflage does not appear effective in a foliage-green environment. They are hyper-alert and difficult to approach, perhaps as a result of their high visibility.”  Your Tiger Moth might be the Reversed Haploa, or it may be a different species in the genus.

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Subject: Stately moth
Location: Crawfordsville Indiana
July 14, 2017 10:14 am
This curious moth on my office door looks beige and drab at first glance, but sports a stately blue spot near its head on closer inspection. Can you help identify?
Signature: Ecuaprof

Sycamore Tussock Moth

Dear Ecuaprof,
This delicate beauty is a Sycamore Tussock Moth which we verified by comparing your image to this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide:  “Overwinter as cocoons, adults emerge in May and June and lay eggs on the underside of leaves or bark of sycamore. Young larvae feed in groups, they scatter later.”

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