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Subject: Lovely Moth!
Location: Miami, FL
January 26, 2015 3:22 pm
Hello!
I hope you can help me identify this lovely little moth. I have spent a couple of hours searching until I found your site. I have looked through the pages of Sphinx moths and can not seem to match the markings to the one I found. I have never seen any kind of Sphinx moth inperson being in the city and was so intrigued at how amazing these moths look. I started a backyard garden and have discovered all kinds of interesting bugs. This one quite a beautiful creature indeed!
Signature: Kristi

Streaked Sphinx

Streaked Sphinx

Dear Kristi,
Your moth is a Streaked Sphinx,
Protambulyx strigilis, one of the most streamlined and aerodynamic looking species in a family that is characterized by those physical features.  The Streaked Sphinx is a neotropical species that frequently strays north to Florida, perhaps due to global warming.  You can read more about the Streaked Sphinx on the Sphingidae of the Americas site.

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Subject: moth??
Location: australia country victoria
January 26, 2015 6:55 pm
hi, im from victoria, australia. I heard flaping like a bird while sitting around a camp fire and found this the next morning on the ground.
is it a type of moth? it has some sort of a stinger though?
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Giant Wood Moth

Giant Wood Moth

We just finished posting an image of a Giant Wood Moth from Australia, and though your individual is a bit battered, we believe it is also a Giant Wood Moth.  What you have mistaken for a stinger is an ovipositor.  Caterpillars are wood borers.

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What’s This Moth?
Location:  Melbourne, Australia
January 26, 2015
Hi, this landed on my daughter in a nursery in Melbourne today. the lady in the shop said it has been hanging around. My friend thought it could be a Giant Wood Moth after googling and trying to match the pic and finding your page, but we weren’t sure, so I thought i’d ask.  This was the moth- it was at the nursery in Plenty in  Melbourne, they said it’s been hanging around and keeps coming inside. if you need to crop the pic and take my daughter out of the shot thats ok- it was just the shot of facebook with my daughter it had landed on.
thanks Donna

Giant Wood Moth

Giant Wood Moth

Hi Donna,
Thanks for resending the image.  We agree that this is a Giant Wood Moth,
Endoxyla cinereus.

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Subject: I think this is a moth
Location: Eastern Pennsylvania
January 23, 2015 9:37 am
This photo was taken summer of 2012 Allentown, Pa. The bug flew onto the deck, stayed long enough for a quick photo op, and flew away. The red color is the wings. We have searched for years for it’s identification. Hope you can help.
Signature: Nancy B.

Wood Nymph Moth

Wood Nymph Moth

Hi Nancy,
This moth is an Owlet Moth in the genus
Eudryas, and members of the genus are commonly called Wood Nymph Moths, though the are also called Bird Poop Moths as they are such effective mimics which helps them to avoid being eaten by birds or other predators.

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Subject: Insect in AZ
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
January 20, 2015 1:15 pm
I have 2 different photos that were taken in Scottsdale, AZ in Dec 2014. I think they are moths. These insects were gone the next day and have not been seen since. They were on our home and close to our grapefruit tree.
Signature: Stan

Obscure Sphinx

Obscure Sphinx

Dear Stan,
We believe these are Obscure Sphinxes,
Erinnyis obscura, or another species in the same genus.  The scalloped wing edges are distinctive.  This image on BugGuide looks very close, and additional images are on the Sphingidae of the Americas site.  We have written to Sphingidae expert Bill Oehlke for confirmation.

Obscure Sphinx

Obscure Sphinx

Bill Oehlke confirms genus, and provides options for species
Daniel,
They certainly appear to be Erinnyis species and could be obscura (note spelling). They could also be E. domingonis. I think there is some disagreement as to whether or not obscura and domingonis are synonymous or distinct species. I also could not rule out variation of E. ello. I would have to see hindwings in order to be more posititve. Markings on the thorax do not seem to be a positive match for any of the three species I mention. My first choice, if I had to make one, would be Erinnyis obscura.
Bill

One more thing Bill.  I was linking to the other species on your site and E. domingonis is not listed in Arizona.
Do you think that might still be a possibility?
Daniel

Good point! E. domingonis, if it is a valid species, would  very unlikely be found in Arizona as closest location so far to AZ is Texas. The other two, though, are known from Arizona.

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Subject: what bug is this
Location: Central Java, Indonesia
January 20, 2015 8:42 am
Found this in my in-law’s garden
Signature: ADP

Coffee Bean Hawkmoth

Coffee Bean Hawkmoth

Dear ADP,
This is a diurnal Sphinx Moth known as the Coffee Bean Hawkmoth,
Cephanodes hylas, and it is found in Africa, Asia and Australia.   Here is an image from India Nature Watch.

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