Subject: What this moth or butterfly?
Location: eastern ontario
July 26, 2012 7:27 am
I did found this moth or butterfly and this is pretty neat and I did check out on your site and you might don’t have this picture or name of the moth so you can share this picture to others.
I am just want to know this name please.
Signature: M.O

Desmia funeralis

Dear M.O.,
At first we thought this was an Eight Spotted Forrester, but we quickly realized that it is a different species.  In our estimate, this is a Crambid Snout Moth,
Desmia funeralis, a species that lacks a common name.  According to BugGuide:  “Also note resemblance to Forester moths (Owlet Moth family [Noctuidae], genus Alypia). This is probably a mimicry complex, since these moths and the Foresters are day-flying. Perhaps they both are mimics of a wasp?”  Brightly colored diurnal moths are frequently confused with butterflies.  This is a new species for our website. 

Location: Canada

4 Responses to Snout Moth: Desmia funeralis

  1. aubrey says:
    Desmia funeralis

    We saw one of these recently (mid July) in Raleigh. NC

  2. aubrey says:

    Bugman and Jim,
    I had an email from Jim asking about starting a blog.
    I do have a blog, but I am not sure if he is asking about
    the link I sent pointing to the university of Florida website that
    gives the common name of grape leaffolder moth to
    Desmia funeralis. I’d be happy to share what I know about
    my own blog which is at
    I do have some moths and butterflies posted there, but a lot of
    baby bird development pictures (for grandsons mostly).

    • bugman says:

      Hi Aubrey,
      This is the Bugman. Beware of comments about starting a blog. In our experience, those are spam and we delete them without responding. There are predators of many kinds on the internet.

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