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Subject: Do you know what this is?
Location: SW FL
April 17, 2014 6:36 pm
I live in South West Florida and on the morning of 4/17/14 this creature was on my door when I exited my house. There is no direct sun at my door. There is a flowering bush about 10 meters away. I’ve never seen anything like this. Can you help me find out what it is? Thank you.
Signature: Tamara

Banded Sphinx

Banded Sphinx

Hi Tamara,
This beautiful moth is known as a Banded Sphinx,
Eumorpha fasciatus, and you may read more about the species on the Sphingidae of the Americas website.

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Subject: Strange winged insect form Saudi Arabia
Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
April 17, 2014 1:47 pm
Dear Bugman,
I found this strange looking creature in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in April 2014. Could you identify this insect?
Thank you.
Signature: Edgar Agustin

Plume Moth

Plume Moth

Hi Edgar,
This is a Plume Moth in the family Pterophoridae.

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Subject: Moth
Location: Le Chautay, France
April 18, 2014 4:42 am
Dear Bugman, I was wondering if you could help me identify this beautiful moth i found in France.
Signature: Cassia

Garden Tiger Moth

Garden Tiger Moth

Hi Cassia,
We were excited to get your photo, but upon using our typical naming convention, we were startled to find another example of a Garden Tiger Moth from France submitted by Cassia, so we added the number 2 to the name, and again, it came up as already in use, so we eventually settled on the Y2K compliant date of 20140418.  Upon researching the previously submitted images, we realized you had already submitted this image in September 2013, and we provided a lengthy response.  For some reason, you did not receive our response, so we present you new request as Garden Tiger Moth from France REDUX.

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Subject: what moth is this
Location: australia
April 17, 2014 3:52 am
my daughter found this and has been trying to find out what it is i’v looked everywhere i have no idea what it is
Signature: :D

Vine Hawkmoth

Vine Hawkmoth

For some reason, we are having difficulty uploading your image.  Your moth is the Vine Hawkmoth or Gabi Moth, Hippotion celerio, which we found on the Butterfly House website where it states:  “The moth is agriculturally important as it is one of several species largely responsible for the pollination of Papaya ( Chamaedorea tepejilote ).”  More information can be found on Sphingidae of the Eastern Palaearctic.

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Subject: Pig moth??
Location: South Africa
April 17, 2014 6:38 am
Dear bugman
Please can you identify this moth? We are currently in fall in SA.
Thank you
Signature: minette

"Pig Moth" from South Africa

“Pig Moth” from South Africa is Lappet Moth

Dear Minette,
We don’t know what species of moth you have submitted and time will not permit our ability to research its identity at this time, but we are content dubbing it a “Pig Moth” and taking the time to format your images and request to post live.  We will enlist our readership to research this fascinating looking moth until completing our obligations allows us to return to the office to resume research.

"Pig Moth" from South Africa

“Pig Moth” from South Africa is Lappet Moth

Update:  April 19, 2014
We are relatively certain this “Pig Moth” is in the superfamily Noctuiodae, but we are still trying to establish its identity.

Update:  Comment
I took the original photos of the “pig moth” in Masvingo Zimbabwe. It has now ben identified as being Lasiocampidae: stoermeriana sp. by Johan Heyns and Roy Goff from the South African Butterflies Bugs Bees and other small animals on Facebook. A very pretty, unusual looking little moth 25 mm long.

Ed. Note:  See African Moths for an image of a living specimen from the genus and this other example from African Moths.  Armed with a family, we actually think it looks more like this Streblote aculeata that is pictured on ISpot, though that might be a misidentification.

 

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Subject: Polyphemus?
Location: Contra Costa County, CA
April 16, 2014 3:27 pm
He was on the window seal at the office. I tried to get good pictures of the front and wings.
Signature: Fel

Polyphemus Moth

Polyphemus Moth

Dear Fel,
Thanks for sending your images of a male Polyphemus Moth.  We don’t get many Polyphemus images from California.  Most are from the states east of Texas and Canada.  You followup email offered to submit lower resolution files.  We can handle large files and we like the best quality available since we need to reformat every image prior to posting anyways. 

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