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Subject:  Possible Tiger Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  South-East Queensland
Date: 01/14/2018
Time: 11:38 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, my girlfriend found this moth attracted to a light in south east queensland, about 1 hour both west of the coast and South of Brisbane. It’s possible tiger moth though we do not know that species.
How you want your letter signed:  Jayden Waters

Donovan’s Tiger Moth

Dear Jayden,
You are correct that this is a Tiger Moth in the subfamily Arctiinae.  Thanks to the excellent images and archives on Butterfly House, we were able to identify your moth as Donovan’s Tiger Moth,
Aloa marginata.  Donovan’s Tiger Moth is also pictured on iNaturalist and the Brisbane Insect site where it states:  “The moth is white in colour, with two black lines on each forewing. There is the black and orange line along the edge of each forewing as well. Its abdomen is orange-red in colour with black spots on each segment.”  

Donovan’s Tiger Moth

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Subject:  Moth butterfly?
Geographic location of the bug:  Winklespruit
Date: 01/05/2018
Time: 11:53 AM EDT
I spotted about 20 of these on a lawn. Some of them were mating and the rest were very lethargic
How you want your letter signed:  Trish

Pleasant Hornet Moth

Dear Trish,
First we must congratulate you on recognizing that though it resembles a hornet or wasp, this is actually a moth.  We believe, thanks to Blue Gnu, that is is a Pleasant Hornet Moth,
Euchromia amoena, and the site states:  “The Pleasant Hornet is actually a form of moth that flies in the day.  It is a beautiful insect that will be found congregating on plants that have a lot of pollen. It tends to favour whitish flowers.  The preferred habitat of the Pleasant Hornet is subtropical forests and bushveld near to the coast.”  We have a similar look, but differently marked individual on our site already identified as Euchromia amoena, so we acknowledge that one might be incorrect, or there might be individual color variation, but we are confident that both postings are the same genus.

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Subject:  Determination request
Geographic location of the bug:  Thailand inthanon national parc
Date: 01/02/2018
Time: 04:07 PM EDT
Hi Bugman,
I’m searching for more than 3 months to identify a bug, also used your site, but still not convinced that I’ve found it.
I’m thinking of Amata Grotei. but can’t find extra scientific information about it.
Here a similar picture I’ve found, but the wings are different (
Another one can be Amata grotei, colors are different, but the wing matches perfectly. (maybe the color differences are between male or female )
Or the ceryx amaon 4 can also be the one ( at the bottom of the page.
Or perhaps it’s a Sessiidae Clear-wing Wasp Moth
Hope you can help me out here!
Thank you very much in advance.
How you want your letter signed:  Mr Ronald

Wasp Moth

Dear Mr Ronald,
The best we are able to provide for you at this time is a general identification.  This is a Wasp Moth in the subfamily Arctiinae.  We found a mating pair from China pictured on FlickR, but alas, only the general identification is provided.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to provide better information.

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Subject:  Beautiful Moth???
Geographic location of the bug:  Tarpon Springs, Florida
Date: 12/10/2017
Time: 04:42 PM EDT
I saw this moth last night on my is just in time for Christmas..with the beautiful red color..  I’ve never seen anything like it!  Please help me Bugman..
How you want your letter signed:  Chrissy from Florida

Spotted Oleander Caterpillar Moth

Dear Chrissy,
This very effective wasp mimic is a Spotted Oleander Caterpillar Moth.

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Subject:  moth to identify
Geographic location of the bug:  Yucatan Mexico
Date: 12/09/2017
Time: 11:24 AM EDT
This looks a lot like Horama panthalon but there are enough differences on this moth to suggest another species. Any ideas?
How you want your letter signed:  John Guerin

Wasp Moth: Horama panthalon

Dear John,
While we acknowledge there is variation between individuals of the same species, we do not notice any significant differences between the image of the Wasp Moth you submitted and the images previously identified as
Horama panthalon on our site.  Furthermore, the markings on your moth looks the same as the markings on the Texas Wasp Moth in this BugGuide posting.  We may be wrong, but we believe the individuals in our archives, your individual and the postings on BugGuide all represent the same species.

Thank you Daniel. It is very kind of you to look into this. I’m sure you are correct in concluding that it is inter-species variation. I do however find it interesting that all 3 photos of the Yucatan specimens have consistent markings behind the eyes and their “panthalons” are quite large while the Bugguide specimens are also all consistent in having slightly different markings and smaller “panthalons”. Of course, regional variations could explain this and perhaps in another thousand generations or so they may indeed become separate species!!!
Thanks again Daniel, its nice to share bug talk with someone who shares the passion.
John Guerin

Update:  January 14, 2018
Hi Daniel
As a follow up to our last e-mail regarding the identification of the Horama wasp moth species, I am now convinced that the moth I photographed is not Horama panthalon but rather Horama oedippus. Here is a link that has led me to that conclusion.
The photographs are not great but the markings and the size of the panthalons are identical.
I thought you would be interested in this information.
Regards   John

Happy New Year and thanks for the update John.  With that information, we located an image on pBase of Horama oedippus that does indeed look identical to your moth, but interestingly, another image of Horama oedippus posted to pBase has an entirely orange abdomen, which is either an incorrect identification, or an indication that there is much variation in color and markings within the species, or perhaps even sexual dimorphism.  Many similar looking insects, including many butterflies and moths, cannot be reliably identified through observations or even through images, but rather they require actual inspection of the individual, possibly through dissection of the genitalia or by DNA analysis.


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Subject:  Looks like Oleander Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Clearwater Florida
Date: 12/02/2017
Time: 06:26 PM EDT
Hi Bugman! I saw this Beautiful Moth? that looks like a Oleander Moth but it has translucent wings. Would it be possible for you to identify this bug for me. I think the colors are beautiful. Thanks Again Very Much!!! Have a Great One! Brent Hansen
How you want your letter signed:  Brent Hansen Clearwater Florida

Scarlet Bodied Wasp Moth

Dear Brent,
The Scarlet Bodied Wasp Moth in your image and the Oleander Moth, commonly called the Polka Dot Wasp Moth, are in the same subtribe Euchromiina,
hence their similar appearance.

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