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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: 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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Subject: Moth of some sort?
Location: Venice Florida
September 12, 2014 4:00 am
This was taken in early September in Venice Florida on The outside open the screen to an apartment porch.. The temperature was close to 90°F, and the humidity was quite high – like 95%
Signature: Tony Lincoln

Banded Sphinx

Banded Sphinx

Hi Tony,
This striking moth is a Banded Sphinx,
Eumorpha fasciatus, and according to the Sphingidae of the Americas site:  “The upperside of the moth is dark pinkish brown. Each forewing has a lighter brown band along the costa, and sharp pinkish white bands and streaks. The hindwing has a pink patch on the inner margin and pink along the outer margin, distinguishing it from vitis.”  Your individual has enough of the underwings showing in the attached image, revealing the pink outer margin, the identifying feature.

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Subject: Moth ID from Lahore, Pakistan
Location: Lahore, Pakistan
September 4, 2014 6:59 pm
It has been raining in Lahore for a few days and this morning I found a very large moth on the wall in my car port. Please assist in identification.
Signature: Regards, Mrs. Asad Malik

Death's Head Hawkmoth

Death’s Head Hawkmoth

Dear Mrs. Asad Malik,
This is a Death’s Head Hawkmoth,
Acherontia styx, and it gets its common name because the pattern on the thorax is often compared to the outline of a human skull.

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Subject: Mothra
Location: South Carolina
August 31, 2014 6:39 pm
I saw this bug in South Carolina. I didn’t think it was real until I saw it move. Is this a type of moth? What is it?
Signature: Nikon

Tersa Sphinx

Tersa Sphinx

Dear Nikon,
Your moth is a Tersa Sphinx.

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