Subject:  Large moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Irene, Pretoria, South Africa
Date: 02/08/2019
Time: 12:30 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this unusually large moth in the house late in summer and managed to get a good photo.
How you want your letter signed:  Megan

Giant Silkmoth is Speckled Emperor: Gynanisa maja

Dear Megan,
This gorgeous Moth is a Giant Silkmoth in the family Saturniidae and thanks to African Moths, we have identified it as
Gynanisa maja, the Speckled Emperor.  The species is also pictured on iNaturalist.

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Subject:  Caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Mbeya, Tanzania
Date: 02/07/2019
Time: 03:27 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugma:  We found this caterpillar in our yard today! We’re wondering what it will turn into? It sure is beautiful!
How you want your letter signed:  The Ornelas family

Giant Silkmoth Caterpillar

Dear Ornelas family,
This is a Giant Silkmoth Caterpillar from the family Saturniidae.  This Caterpillar does not look well and we fear it will not survive to adulthood.  Perhaps it is the victim of internal parasites.  We will attempt to identify the species.

Subject:  what moth is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  nea makri, attiki, greece
Date: 02/10/2019
Time: 08:21 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  hello i found this moth outside my house it looks like tersa sphinx but not quite do you happen to know what is it? also  (though i have no photos amd i understand if you cant answer that) around 2010 some black spiders had appeared(havent seen any ever since), they were hairy(a little bit, nothing like tarantulas), about 10 cm, with fat legs(but still not as fat as tarantulas) do you happen to understand what kind they were?  thank you very much 🙂
How you want your letter signed:  Maria

Levant Hawkmoth

Dear Maria,
Though it resembles the North American Tersa Sphinx, we believe your individual is a Levant Hawkmoth,
Theretra alecto, based on images posted to Moths and Butterflies of Europe and North Africa.  According to Sphingidae of the Eastern Palaearctic:  “Occurs in areas where grapes are grown. Little is known about the behaviour of this species except that it is attracted to flowers and light.”  Your black hairy spiders might have been endangered Ladybird Spiders.

Levant Hawkmoth

thank you very very much for your answer. yes i saw about levant and i think its the one. im sorry i dont have photos of the spider. back in 2010 we didnt have such good phones to take accurate photos in the dark :/ unfortunately the one i saw was much bigger like a palm of a hand. maybe some spiders someone left loose? maybe thats the reason noone have seen one again ever since.. but no matter what thank you so much for your response have a good day 🙂

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Subject:  Horn worm
Geographic location of the bug:  Waiotahe Valley, Bay of Plenty
Date: 02/06/2019
Time: 05:15 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi there.
What do they eat? Are they harmful? Found on ex forestry block!
How you want your letter signed:  Gertie

Hornworm of a Convolvulus Hawkmoth

Dear Gertie,
This is a Hornworm, the larva of a Hawkmoth in the family Sphingidae.   Its color, markings and the look of its horn lead us to believe this is the larva of a Convolvulus Hawkmoth,
Agrius convolvuli, which is pictured on New Zealand Invertebrates where it states:  “Favoured host plants in NZ are the bindweed and kumara.”  Butterfly House also provides a list of food plants.

Subject:  Moth on Maya Beach
Geographic location of the bug:  Belize Ocean Club Resort, Maya Beach, Stann Creek, Belize
Date: 02/08/2019
Time: 02:01 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this large moth on the dock.
How you want your letter signed:  Brent

Black Witch

Dear Brent,
This is just about the most detailed image of a female tropical Black Witch that we have ever posted to our site.  These large moths are capable of flying great distances, sometimes 1000s of miles, even reaching Canada.

Detail of the wing of a Black Witch

Subject:  Caterpillar identification
Geographic location of the bug:  Northern Illinois at Wisconsin border
Date: 02/07/2019
Time: 11:47 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this caterpillar stuck to the ice on 2-6-19, in the middle of winter during a period of very wintery weather.  It was in the yard, no where near any trees or bushes.  The temps have been generally near freezing, but we did have a warming a few days ago (temps in the high 40s) which was just after a sever cold (-27 neg numbers 3 days in a row).  This caterpillar had its back feet frozen into the ice but its body was soft and it is still alive after being warmed in the house.
How you want your letter signed:  Steve

Winter Cutworm

Dear Steve,
This is a Cutworm in the family Noctuidae, and based on the time of year and the conditions under which it was found, we are confident it is a Winter Cutworm,
Noctua pronuba, the caterpillar of the invasive Large Yellow Underwing.  According to BugGuide:  “Introduced from Europe to Nova Scotia in 1979, this species has since spread north to the Arctic Ocean, west to the Pacific, and south to the Gulf of Mexico.”