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p.1 #1 · HELP - Bug

My wife found this in our yard... Does anybody know what it is? We live in SW Texas therefore, we know it must bite, sting, prick, or love dust... Thanks, Jim

A guy on what's that bug, said it is a Buck moth


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Nov 04, 2012 at 08:32 PM
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p.1 #2 · HELP - Bug

I wish I could help . What an interesting looking moth. The closest thing I can find is below.

Moth ID


Nov 05, 2012 at 04:17 AM
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p.1 #3 · HELP - Bug

Lovely shot- interesting moth - I assume it could not fly with those stubby wings ?
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Nov 05, 2012 at 07:24 AM
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p.1 #4 · HELP - Bug

The females of a number of moth species do not have functional wings but this seems not to be the case.

I also think this looks very much like Buck Moth Hemileuca maia.


You seem to have found it in the process of inflating its wings:



Nov 05, 2012 at 07:52 AM
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p.1 #5 · HELP - Bug

Thank you so much for taking a look and helping to ID... Daniel Marlos, whatsthatbug.com, states, "This is a newly emerged Buck Moth, Hemileuca maia, whose wings have still not expanded and hardened. It will not be able to fly until its wings expand and harden. Buck Moths do not bite, sting nor prick..... Though the adult moths are harmless, the Caterpillars of the Buck Moth are capable of stinging. We suspect you must have an oak tree in your yard since the leaves of oak are the larval food and you would not have a newly emerged adult Buck Moth far from an oak tree." Our yard is full of Live Oak... Again Thank you, Jean

Nov 05, 2012 at 12:56 PM

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