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Subject:  Moth ID needed
Geographic location of the bug:  Rolla, Missouri
Date: 06/13/2018
Time: 03:16 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This little guy is about 1.25″ long for Head to Tail.  Found in Rolla, Missouri.  Can you help me ID him/her?  thank you  PS:  I’m presuming it’s a moth just because of its looks.
How you want your letter signed:  BugAppreciator

White-Blotched Heterocampa Moth

Dear BugAppreciator,
This is a Prominent Moth in the family Notodontidae, and we had imagined hours of fruitless research in determining its identity when we originally knew it was part of the enormous superfamily Noctuoidea, but we got lucky when we found the White-Blotched Heterocampa,
Heterocampa umbrata, pictured on the Moth Photographers Group website.  According to BugGuide:  “The larvae feed on oaks (Quercus).”

Subject:  Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Northern washington
Date: 05/02/2018
Time: 03:22 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Identify moth
How you want your letter signed:  Travis

Western Furcula

Dear Travis,
We searched through the plates on Pacific Northwest Moths are we believe we have identified your Prominent Moth as a Western Furcula,
Furcula occidentalis (see this plate) and we verified its identity on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “adults fly from April to August” and “larvae feed mostly on willow, and sometimes poplar.”

Subject: Sphinx Moth?
Location: DT6 4HP. United Kingdom
April 13, 2016 11:17 am
Found this lovely moth today. Spent all day resting on the stone fence support. Can only find similar ones on American sites. We are in West Bay , Dorset UK
Signature: No

Puss Moth

Puss Moth

Thanks to the UK Moths site, we are confident this is a Puss Moth, Cerura vinula, and the site states:  “Named after the cat-like appearance of the adult moth, this species is fairly common throughout most of Britain.”

Hi Daniel,
Thank you so much!  The kids will be very interested.  A very handsome moth it was too!

Subject: Interesting Moth
Location: Lindenwold, NJ
August 14, 2015 5:32 am
Hello Bugman,
I saw an interesting moth, on the concrete, at the train station in Lindenwold, NJ in Camden County. I grew up in this region and can’t remember seeing a moth like this. I looked online, but I could find info on a moth that looks like this.
Signature: Doesn’t matter

White Furcula Moth

White Furcula Moth

Dear Leah,
We thought your moth resembled a
Tolype, but after searching through Lappet Moth images and other families on BugGuide, we shifted strategies, and went to the Moth Photographers Group where we found you White Furcula Moth, Furcula borealis.  Once we had a name, we easily located the species on BugGuide where it is classified as a Prominent Moth.  The only other image on our site of a White Furcula Moth was submitted nine years ago.

You rock! Thanks for the information.
Have a great weekend!

Subject: Moth ?
Location: Clisson, France
April 23, 2015 9:18 am
I spotted this beauty last summer, during Hellfest Open Air Festival (06 / 20-21-22 / 2014) in Clisson, France.
It landed on our tente on the first day, and almost not move for 3 days, despite the sun and the rain.
When we folded the tente, it flew away and landed on the top of a tree.
It was about 5-6 cm long, without antennae, it had hairy and soft paws.
I live in Nantes, near Clisson, and I’ve never seen that kind of bug before.
Does anyone ever seen the same beauty ? What is its species ?
Thank you so much for your help.
Signature: Fleur

Tiger Moth we believe

Lesser Puss Moth

Dear Fleur,
WE believe that this is a Tiger Moth in the subfamily Arctiinae, but we cannot be certain.  We have attempted to search the UK Moths site because we don’t know of a French resource, and we have not had any luck with the identification.

Update:  April 25, 2015
Thanks to a comment from Cesar Crash of Insetologia, we now know that this is Cerura ermine, a Prominent Moth in the family Notodontidae, and that it is called a Lesser Puss Moth according to the Lepidoptera Breeders Association.

Subject: Oval-based Prominent Moth
Location: Mancelona, MI
July 6, 2014 6:30 pm
The Oval-based prominent moth (Peridea basitriens) is overall a rather dull gray. What makes it stand out are the oval/almond shaped rings/patches that surround its fluffy ruff. It almost makes it look like a stained-glass window. Thus says Bugguide: it has a wingspan of 3-3.5 cm, and it appears to occur here and there throughout the Easter US. I saw several last night, so moth-hunters here in Michigan, keep an eye out for this nifty moth!
Signature: Helen

Oval Based Prominent Moth

Oval Based Prominent Moth

Hi Helen,
Thanks for sending your image of an Oval-Based Prominent Moth.  We are linking to the BugGuide page.