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Subject: What’s that ?
Location: Seen in Tampa, FL 9/28/2014 in town
September 28, 2014 4:02 pm
Hi bugman
What’s the bug on this picture ?
Thanks
Signature: Fred

Spotted Oleander Caterpillar Moth

Spotted Oleander Caterpillar Moth

Dear Fred,
The Spotted Oleander Caterpillar Moth,
Empyreuma pugione, is one of the Tiger Moths that benefit from mimicry because they look like stinging Wasps.  This black bodied, orange winged beauty most closely resembles Spider Wasps, especially the Tarantula Hawks.  According to BugGuide:  “The spotted oleander caterpillar is a recent immigrant to the US from the Caribbean, first recorded in Florida in Boca Raton, Palm Beach County, in February 1978.”

Tarantula Hawk with Prey

Tarantula Hawk with Prey

 

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Subject: 6 inch long bug with wings
Location: Switzerland – montreux
September 28, 2014 1:05 pm
Found this guy walking around garden. Huge with what looks like moth wings. Scales have a velvet like look. 6 legs with black and yellow abdomen.
Looked everywhere on net and can’t find it.
Signature: Chris

Death's Head Hawkmoth

Death’s Head Hawkmoth

Dear Chris,
This Death’s Head Hawkmoth has just eclosed, meaning it has emerged from its pupal stage, and its wings have still not expanded and hardened, a process that will enable it to fly.

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Subject: Striped Morning Sphinx Moth
Location: Collinsville, IL
September 28, 2014 6:22 pm
Hanging out by our outside light…
Signature: Kat D.

Striped Morning Sphinx

Striped Morning Sphinx

Dear Kat,
Though the common name Striped Morning Sphinx is not used as frequently as the name Whitelined Sphinx for
Hyles lineata, we actually prefer the more obscure common name because it was used by author Charles Hogue in Insects of the Los Angeles Basin.  The Striped Morning Sphinx has been reported in all 48 continental states.

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Subject: What’s this moth?
Location: East Hartford, ct
September 26, 2014 12:12 pm
I tried to find it. Help!
Signature: Entomolnot

Tolype

Tolype

Dear Entomolnot,
Your moth is a Lappet Moth in the genus
Tolype.

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Subject: Butterfly, Moth or Bug?
Location: Somdet, Thailand
September 27, 2014 2:34 am
Just got this from my wife. It looks like a moth with crying children on its wings then when it opens its wings it appears to have a yellow praying mantis on it.
Signature: Mat Coleman

Owlet Moth:  Eudocima hypermnestra

Owlet Moth: Eudocima hypermnestra

Hi Mat,
Your insect is a moth, and we quickly identified it as
Eudocima hypermnestra thanks to an image on FlickR.  We located a second image on FlickR and then a posting on iNaturalist to verify the identification. 

Owlet Moth:  Eudocima hypermnestra

Owlet Moth: Eudocima hypermnestra

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Subject: beautiful moth
Location: Austin, TX
September 22, 2014 8:37 pm
Hello! Can you please tell me if this a harnessed tiger moth?
I would greatly appreciate your expertise!
Warmly,
Amy
Signature: Amy

Vine Sphinx

Vine Sphinx

Dear Amy,
Your beautiful moth is a Vine Sphinx,
Eumorpha vitis, which you can verify on the Sphingidae of the Americas site.  A very similar looking species is the Banded Sphinx, which is also found in Texas.

Thank you so much, Daniel! We will be researching to learn more about the Vine Sphinx with our neighbors and homeschool friends.
Amy :)

 

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