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Subject:  Moth ?
Geographic location of the bug:  Fremont , Michigan
Date: 06/19/2020
Time: 04:07 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this beauty on our siding. Wondering what it is.
How you want your letter signed:  Pam

Small Magpie

Dear Pam,
Your pretty little Crambid Moth,
Anania hortulata, is commonly called a Small Magpie, Anania hortulata (formerly Eurrhypara hortulata), and we confirmed its identity on BugGuide. According to BugGuide it is an introduced Eurasian species and: “Larvae feed mainly on nettle (Urtica spp.), but mint (Mentha spp.) and bindweed (Convolvulus spp.) are also used.”

Geographic location of the bug:  LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Date: 07/21/2018
Time: 06:53 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Can you tell me what this is, and whether I should be worried about it?  It looks like a cross between a moth and a scorpion (turned up and pointed lower body).  It has been sitting on my window (outside) all day.
How you want your letter signed:  Sheila Wasserman

7:12 PM
I am thinking that this poor moth has deformed wings and that it cannot fly.  It has been in the same position all day on my window.  Is there anything I can feed it –I can try to get it into a flower bed and leave some water in a tiny cap.  But otherwise, I don’t know what to do with it.

Erythrina Borer

Dear Sheila,
Your moth is an Erythrina Borer,
 Terastia meticulosalis, and it is not deformed.  Moths are often attracted to porch lights and we suspect it will eventually fly away.  According to Featured Creatures:  “The marbled-brown forewings of Terastia meticulosalis make this species cryptic when at rest. However, its hind wings are white”  and “The young larvae of Terastia meticulosalis are found inside the stems of Erythrina herbacea, where their feeding produces a characteristic dying-off of the tip of the host plant.”  The host plant is commonly called a coral tree and according to Los Angeles Almanac it is the official tree of the City of Los Angeles.

Thank you so much for your response.  It makes perfect sense, as we have a gorgeous coral tree in our backyard – that’s the bad news for us.  But appreciate your speedy response.
Warm regards,
The moths and caterpillars should not be plentiful enough to cause concern for a healthy tree.
Thank you.  I hope you’re right.  We’ll have to keep a watch on our tree.

Subject:  Unknown Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Olympia, Washington
Date: 03/28/2018
Time: 10:46 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I am normally very knowledgeable when it comes to insect identification. However, my friend sent me this image and it has me stumped. I know for sure that it is some type of moth, but beyond that, I’m at a loss.
How you want your letter signed:  Micah

Small Magpie Moth

Dear Micah,
This sure looks to us like a Tiger Moth in the subfamily Arctiinae, but we cannot locate any similar looking moths on the Pacific Northwest Moths site nor on BugGuide’s images of North American Tiger Moths.  It is possible we have the subfamily incorrect, but it is still not pictured on the former site.  We have written to Arctiid expert Julian Donahue and we are still waiting to hear back from him.  Until then, we will tag it as unidentified.

Facebook Comment from Joan Brehm Rickert:
Looks like a Small Magpie Moth. Anania hortulata. They are present in that area.

Thanks to that comment, we have verified the identity is correct on BugGuide where it states:  “native to Eurasia, North American distribution seems patchy and not well known (as of May 2013, BugGuide has photos from British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ontario, Quebec, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia). Any additional info appreciated.” 

Subject:  Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  North NJ USA
Date: 03/24/2018
Time: 01:22 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We have these moths in our house and cannot identify what type these are
How you want your letter signed:  Mitch K

Mating Meal Moths

Dear Mitch,
These are mating Meal Moths,
Pyralis farinalis, one of several species that will infest stored foods, especially grain products.  You should search the pantry for the site of the infestation.  According to BugGuide:  “mainly in homes, barns, warehouses and other buildings where grain or processed grain products are stored” and “larvae (caterpillars) feed on stored grain and grain products.” 

Subject:  Moth type
Geographic location of the bug:  South africa
Date: 01/23/2018
Time: 03:48 PM ED
Your letter to the bugman:  Please help me to indentify this moth. Have never seing something like it.
How you want your letter signed:  Email

Crambid Snout Moth

Your moth looks so similar to a North American Erythrina Borer that we surmised it must be related, and when we did a search on the genus, we found Terastia subjectalis on African Moths and we found Terastia africana on African Moths as well.  The latter species is reported from “Cameroon, DRCongo, Gambia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe.”

Crambid Snout Moth

Subject:  Is this a chickweed moth?
Geographic location of the bug:  Palm Bay, Florida
Date: 11/10/2017
Time: 05:41 PM EDT
I’ve seen a few of these in the weeds around my house. The pictures of chickweed moths I’ve seen are mostly yellow with a bit of pink. These guys are mostly pink with a bit of yellow.  Are they some kind of geometer?
Peace from Florida!
How you want your letter signed:  Bill

Coffee-Loving Pyrausta Moth

Dear Bill,
We believe we have correctly identified this pretty little pink and orange moth as a Coffee-Loving Pyrausta Moth,
Pyrausta tyralis, thanks to The Moth Photographers Group.  According to BugGuide:  “Munroe lists the larval host as the wild coffee Seminole balsamo (Psychotria nervosa, Rubiaceae), which is limited to Florida. HOSTS database also lists purplestem beggarticks (Bidens connata pinnata, Asteraceae), and species of Dahlia (Asteraceae).”  The flower upon which your individual is feeding appears to be a Beggar’s Tick, based on the image posted to Emily Compost.

Thanks for that great information.