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Subject: Daniel…1 more for a cold beer! hehe
Location: N. Mississippi outside of Memphis, TN.
July 11, 2012 10:09 am
Hey again!
I looked on the site for this last ID. She/he was HUGE! Some kids were going to kill it on the gas pump. I threatened them within an inch of their life and gently allowed ”her” to crawl up on my hand. I got back to the car, and she rode on my thigh (had shorts on) all the way home. I then took her to a woody area behind the house and hid her in the bushes till she decided to fly away on her own. She was absolutely MAGNIFICIENT!
Thanks for the help!
Signature: Stephanie Berry

Imperial Moth

Hi again Stephanie,
This is the second photo we have posted in the past 24 hours of a lovely insect accessory.  The first was of a Sphinx Moth.  This is an Imperial Moth and we believe she is a female.  According to BugGuide:  “Adult: wings yellow, variably spotted and shaded with pinkish, orangish, or purplish-brown; male more heavily marked than female, especially in the south.”  Your individual is intermediate in coloration, so it could be a dark female or a light male.  Too bad the antennae are not visible as that helps to determine sex.  We also want to commend you on the dramatic rescue of this harmless Imperial Moth from a gang of ruffians at the gas station.  For that you are getting tagged with the Bug Humanitarian Award for folks who go out of their way to assist insects and other arthropods that are in imminent peril or who contribute in a positive way to habitat for the lower beasts.

You made my bug day!!!!  They call me Ellie Mae Clampett because I rescue everything whether its wants to be rescued or not!  LoL.
I’ll have the Corona with lime waiting on you!  Hehe


Subject: Do you know what this is?
Location: Brant Lake, NY 12815
July 8, 2012 10:51 pm
We found this bug and Don’t know what it is.
It was found on the Beach in Brant Lake, NY 12815
Signature: Eric

Newly Emerged Sphinx Moth

Hi Eric,
This newly metamorphosed Sphinx Moth or Hawkmoth might be an even more decorative accessory than the rock on the young lady’s finger.  We believe this might be a Laurel Sphinx based on photos on the Sphingidae of the Americas website, however, since the wings are not fully expanded, we cannot be certain.  We will try to check with Bill Oehlke to see if he can confirm that identification.

Thanks for the Info
I think she likes the ring better…lol

Bill Oehlke Cannot Confirm nor Refute
August 20, 2012
Sorry for delay.
I am getting caught up now with correspondence.
I do not think it is a Laurel Sphinx, but there are several other
possibilities so I cannot make a determination.
Wing colouration is wrong for kalmiae.

is this moth poisonous
Location: maryland
July 22, 2011 12:21 am
It looked like it had a stinger
Signature: ?

Royal Walnut Moth

Dear ?
Your moth is a Royal Walnut Moth and it does not have a stinger and it is not poisonous.  We find it interesting that you would suppose that it is a venomous species upon seeing the adult, because it is the fearsome looking caterpillar, the Hickory Horned Devil, that generally elicits such a supposition.  The frightfully spiny Hickory Horned Devil is also perfectly harmless.

Interesting caterpillar
Location: Orange, California
February 7, 2011 3:15 am
I was outside today gardening and hanging out with my cats when I saw this caterpillar in the garden. At first I thought nothing of it because I rarely see caterpillars in my garden on grass growing between bricks and I didn’t think it was one because of the shape and where it was. (I’m not sure where it came from because we had been cutting, trimming and removing plants from our garden.) But I went back and to my surprise it had a fat head/neck. And on further inspection It was black with yellow stripes. And small little yellow spots. It kind of reminded me of an army worm but I don’t think it is because of the body/head shape and plus it was so small. I took it to my butterfly bush and hope to see if I can find it tomorrow.
Signature: Samantha

Galgula partita Caterpillar

Hi Samantha,
We tried browsing through the Cutworms in the very large subfamily Noctuinae on BugGuide to no avail.  We are so amused by your photos that we are posting them in the hope that one of our readers may eventually supply us with a species identification.  Your Caterpillar makes an interesting fashion accessory.

Followup Query
June 5, 2011 2:08 am
Hi, I sent these pics to you in feburary and was wondering if you got any information on them? I’m still interested in knowing what kind of caterpillar this is. Thank you..

Hi Samantha,
We did not have any luck in our initial attempt to identify this caterpillar, and unfortunately, none of our readers ever supplied us with an identification.  Sorry to disappoint you.  Sometimes identifications eventually happen months or years after the initial posting.

Update:  February 16, 2014
We just received a comment indicating that this looks like the caterpillar of the Wedgeling Moth, Galgula partita, and upon viewing examples on BugGuide, we concur that it looks like a match.  According to BugGuide:  “The larvae feed on Oxalis sp. (wood sorrel).”

Polyphemus Moth
We love your site! Last year we discovered you when looking for a bug that bit my daughter down in Florida – it was a giant water bug. This time (in April) my daughter found a moth – I think it’s Polyphemus Moth. It is huge, at least 5″ or 5.5″ wingspan. The “eyes” on the wings are not holes, but clear circles (they reflect light). I think I have some better pictures, and I’d love to share them with you. You can use them. In one of them it sits on my daughter’s wrist, in the other, in a big coffee tin. I forgot to say: we are in Maryland, withing the Washington, D.C.Beltway.
Marina and daughter Lena (8)

Hi Marina,
Thank you for the photo and wonderful letter.