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Subject: Is it Yponomeutidae?.
Location: Pho Prathap Chang, Pichit, Thailand
April 16, 2017 1:24 am
Hi, I found this little moth in my grandmother’s house on April 14 around 11.00am. – 12.00pm. Location neither southern north nor northen central. I wonder whats its common name is because I very love insects including Lepidoptera. I will share more of moths and butterflies pictures because I caught some catterpillars and pet it and release it in to the nature. sorry for language.
Signature: Focus Tharatorn Neamphan

Tiger Moth: Utetheisa pulchelloides

Dear Focus,
This is NOT an Ermine Moth in the family Yponomeutidae.  It is a Tiger Moth in the genus
Utetheisa, probably Utetheisa pulchelloides which we located on the Farangs Gone Wild site and the Butterfly House site where it states:  “The species occurs widely in the Indo-Australian region, including : Borneo, Cook Islands, New Zealand, Thailand, and much of Australia.”


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Subject: moths
Location: Ruffin,SC
April 10, 2017 3:52 am
We just moved out here and curious who these guys are.
Signature: Mel

Fall Webworm Moth

Dear Mel,
Based on this BugGuide image, we are confident that your spotted moth is a Fall Webworm Moth,
Hyphantria cunea.  According to BugGuide:  ” wings either all white (in northern and some southern individuals) or sparsely to heavily marked with dark grayish-brown to black spots (in many southern individuals); spots rectangular or wedge-shaped, arranged loosely in rows in basal half of wing, and in either a V-shape or more-or-less random arrangement in distal half; ventral side of prothorax and femur of foreleg with orange hairs; hindwing either all white or with one or two black spots”  BugGuide also notes:  “Larvae feed on foliage throughout their development, and secrete silk which they spin into small webs. As they grow, they enlarge the webs, which can sometimes enclose the entire tree. Even severe infestations have little impact on trees because the damage occurs near the end of the annual growing season. Except in the case of ornamental trees, control is seldom necessary because the damage is generally of aesthetic rather than economic importance.”  You should expect to see the webs formed by the caterpillars in late summer. 

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Subject: need help
Location: Temple, TX
April 5, 2017 1:29 pm
What is this?
Temple, Tx
Signature: Joy

Scarlet Winged Lichen Moth

Dear Joy,
This is a Striped Footman or Scarlet Winged Lichen Moth,
Hypoprepia miniata, or another member of the genus.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae feed on lichens and is often found under loose stones and on trunks of trees.”

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Subject: Is this a walnut moth??
Location: South Africa
April 3, 2017 11:25 am
My mom saw this moth in South Africa and we can’t ID it! Ithe looks like a walnut moth but it seems that’s found in America, it also doesn’t have the spots!
Thank you!
Signature: Jess

Tiger Moth: Metarctia lateritia

Dear Jess,
While your beautiful Tiger Moth does bear a superficial resemblance to the North American Royal Walnut Moth, they are not even closely related.  The first matching image we found was on the Photographs from South Africa blog, but the moth is not identified.  FlickR provided us with the name
Automolis lateritia.  It is identified on iSpot as  Automolis lateritia subsp. lateritia, but according to African Moths, the accepted name is Metarctia lateritia and synonyms include:  “Automolis lateritia, Hebena venosa, Metarctia aegrota, Automolis unicolor.”  The well feathered antennae indicates your individual is a male.  This lovely moth was featured on a 1953 postage stamp from Mozambique based on Colourbox.

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Subject: Identify this bug.
Location: Alabama
March 28, 2017 4:33 pm
This may be just a moth but I’ve never seen one that looks like this.
Signature: Tammy Parker

Giant Leopard Moth

Dear Tammy,
This is a moth, but not just any moth.  It is a Giant Leopard Moth or Eyed Tiger Moth,
Hypercompe scribonia, a species that according to BugGuide :  “is white with black spots. Many of the spots are hollow rings. Hindwing with black shading along inner margin, and black terminal spots near apex. The abdomen is beautifully marked with blue and orange (below), but the color is not visible when at rest.”  It is wonderful that your image reveals the beautifully markings on the abdomen.

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Subject: Tiger Moth??
Location: Perth, WA
March 25, 2017 6:52 pm
Hello, I found this fluffy guy on my front porch in the Perth metropolitan area, Western Australia. It was found in April 2016. This was the only photo I managed before it flew away! I’ve been trying to find what kind of moth or family it belongs to since. The closest resemblance I can find is a Tiger Moth, what do you think? I would love to finally find out!
Signature: Lisa

Unknown Tiger Moth

Dear Lisa,
We agree with you that this is a Tiger Moth, but we have not had any luck identifying the species.  None of the species pictured on Butterfly House resemble your moth, nor did we find it on the Brisbane Insect site.  We will contact Tiger Moth expert Julian Donahue to see if he can provide an identification.

Hi Daniel,
Thank you! I have been searching for so long trying to find one similar, but haven’t had any luck. Your expertise is much appreciated!
Kind regards,

Julian Donahue provides some information and resources.
Hi Daniel,
Cool moth, and indeed a gravid female tiger moth. Not illustrated in Australian Moths Online
Another CSIRO site that you may find useful for all other groups of Australian insects:
I suspect that it’s a melanic specimen, related to Creatonotos or “Diacrisia,” and may not be from Australia (or an accidental import).
For a modern, updated list of Arctiidae of the Oriental Region, Australia, and Oceania, with current names, check out:
The author, Vladimir V. Dubatolov, may be your best bet for identifying this animal.
For New World tiger moths, I’d suggest Dr. Chris Schmidt, an active worker in the field (Canadian National Collection, Ottawa)
Good luck,

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