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What kind of creature is this?

This actually looks like a Gaudy Sphinx caterpillar (Eumorpha labruscae). It only mimics the appearance of a snake! You can find more information about this species here. Range: Argentina north ...
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What do butterflies eat?

Adult butterflies don't eat! I mean.... not in the sense of chewing on food. They rather drink. They get their nutrients via ingestion of liquid substances. Their mouth consists of a long tube called ...
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What do butterflies eat?

Several species of the order Lepidoptera don't feed at all in adult form, surviving entirely on the reserves made while they were larva. Two examples I'm aware of are the Atlas moth (as well as most ...
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Identifying a creature that appears to be a worm wrapped in a cocoon

I think it's just a case bearing moth larva (Tinea pellionella). Source: http://www.hantsmoths.org.uk/
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Please identify this moth from Bangladesh

I think I have found the identification. It is a planthopper from ricaniidae family. Most likely Ricanula stigmatica. Image source: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricanula_stigmatica
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The Identity of this Lepidopteron

This looks like the Satyr Comma or Polygonia satyrus. Characteristic of this species is a dark border near the tops of wings, fading near the bottom. They are common across the Western United States ...
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Caterpillar resembling a snake

Looks like the larvae of an elephant hawk moth (Deilephila elpenor). Green Variant. ©2005 Henk Wallays (CC BY-NC 3.0) In the Sphingidae family (like the snake-mimic caterpillar in this post). ...
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Identification of brown butterfly with orange/black/white spots

I think this is the "Dark Evening Brown" or Melanitis phedima possibly Melanitis phedima bela: Some further information can be found here (image 1) and here (image 2). If you look close at the second ...
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Help me identify this caterpillar looking insect

They look like the caterpillars of Alope sphinx (Erinnyis alope) There is a webpage on a dedicated website here: https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Erinnyis-alope Among the pictures in the ...
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Please help identify the species of a possible butterfly

I'm no expert - just like browsing pictures, so totally open to other suggestions. I think this is the Mango Hawkmoth/Sphinx moth (Amplypterus panopus), which is a fairly widespread moth of SE Asia, ...
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Identifying a Texan horned butterfly

This appears to be an American (or common) snout (Libytheana carinenta). The "snout" of this butterfly is very distinctive as is the squarish tip of the forewings (the part projecting ...
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Identification of a caterpillar

This is a tussock moth caterpillar in the Lymantriidae family. The image is not clear enough for a definitive ID, but it appears you have some species in the genus Orgyia. Likely, this is a white-...
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Moth that resembles a leaf. What species is this?

It resembles Pelagodes antiquadraria, which belongs to the moth genus Pelagodes in the family Geometridae. Image Source: FlickRiver
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Species ID from Hungary

This appears to be a Gastropacha Quercifolia, the Lappet Moth. It is found in Europe and Northern and Eastern Asia. The wingspan is 50–90 mm. The females are larger than the males. ...
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Large black caterpillar, cocoon, moth - Los Angeles

Based on the image of the moth, I think this is a Painted Tiger Moth (Arachnis picta). See the image of the moth from the Wikipedia (you can even see the yellow color at the head region): An image of ...
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Identifying a creature that appears to be a worm wrapped in a cocoon

That, I believe to be the larvae of an Indian Mealmoth Plodia interpunctella, but it could also be Tineola bisselliella or Tinea pellionella. It's definitely emerging from a pupa, and it's definitely ...
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Identification of brown butterfly with orange/black/white spots

As to your question why they come into the house: Some butterflies survive winter (hibernate) on a dry, cool but frost-free place such as parts of houses that are not heated. In autumn they actively ...
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What is this animal that hides in dustlike structure?

This is likely a case-bearing clothes moth (Tinea pellionella). Though more information and a better image would aid in confirming that to be the case. Here are some pictures:
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What diurnal red & black moth is this?

Looks like a six-spot burnet (Zygaena filipendulae) Diurnal moth of the Zygaenidae family. Description: has a wingspan of 30–40 mm (1.2–1.6 in)...The fore wings are dark metallic green with six ...
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Is this tailed butterfly a coral hairstreak?

It's a Gray Hairstreak Butterfly (Strymon melinus). It can have one, two, or even three "hairs" on each wing. How much coral is on the wing varies, as does the amount of coral on the ...
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What moth is this and how do we get rid of them?

That is an Indian meal moth Plodia interpunctella. Family Pyralidae. They are very common household pests. https://www.doyourownpestcontrol.com/indian_meal_moth.htm They breed in grains or cereals. ...
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What kind of red/green/black, spiny caterpillar is this?

Looks like a greenish variant of Hemileuca maia – the Buck Moth, which according to here does occur in Oklahoma. This source also suggests that touching the caterpillar (or its relatives) is a bad ...
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What is the species name of this moth?

I believe that it is the vine hawk moth (Choerocampa rosetta). https://www.whatsthatbug.com/2010/11/20/vine-hawk-moth/
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Identification of a Lepidopteran

I didn't watch the game, but from what I've seen on the internet it was the Silver Y (Autographa gamma), drawn there by the lights while migrating http://theconversation.com/moths-expert-match-report-...
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Identification of a Lepidopteran

I couldn't really be completely sure by this picture alone so I did some searching around and turns out it is a Autographa Gamma(Silver Y)
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Insect species identification

It is a moth and all moths and butterflies belong to the order of Lepidoptera. Based on the shape of the forewing and the orange color of the hindwings I think this moth belongs to the genus Catocala ...
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what type of insect is this? is this a moth? (southeast asia - Malaysia)

Oleander Hawkmoth (Daphnis nerii) Same fellow? (From oocities.org) And a better picture from ukmoths.org.uk: For more reading, here's a wiki article.
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Insect identification - pantry moth vs clothes moth

Although the images are very grainy and oddly lit, the second two images look a lot like a pantry moth. Specifically, it reminds me of a very common pantry pest: Plodia interpunctella (Indian-meal ...

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