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Subject: cool moth
Location: Manila, Philippines
November 30, 2014 11:29 am
Hi bugman! Saw this inside my room. I wonder if it is harmful or not.
Signature: Daryll

Green Pergasa Hawkmoth

Green Pergasa Hawkmoth

Dear Daryll,
We quickly identified your harmless Hawkmoth as a Green Pergasa Hawkmoth,
Pergasa acteus, thanks to the Sphingidae of the Eastern Palaearctic website.

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Subject: Weird moth type bug
Location: Johannesburg, south Africa
November 23, 2014 11:46 am
Hi
I live in South Africa and found an insect I have never seen before. Can you assist?
Signature: Rudi

Diurnal Hawkmoth

Diurnal Hawkmoth

Dear Rudi,
This is a diurnal Hawkmoth in the family Sphingidae.  We believe it is a Pellucid Hawkmoth,
Cephonodes hylas, which according to African Moths, is found in South Africa.  It is also pictured on Africa Wild.

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Subject: What is this flying bug?
Location: Rodeo Beach, Marin Co, CA
November 15, 2014 8:47 pm
Hi – attached are photos, one with and one without flash, of a flying thing that from a distance I first thought was a type of hummingbird because it was so big. Can you tell me what it is? Thank you
Signature: Judy

Whitelined Sphinx

Whitelined Sphinx

Dear Judy,
This is a Whitelined Sphinx Moth,
Hyles lineata, a crepuscular species that is most commonly sighted near dawn and dusk.  Because of its large size and its manner of flight, it is easily confused with a hummingbird.  We are thrilled that you have offered us two images, one that freezes the movement of the flight of this Whitelined Sphinx, and another with a slower shutter speed that effectively illustrates the rapidly beating wings.

Whitelined Sphinx showing rapidly beating wings

Whitelined Sphinx showing rapidly beating wings

thank you for ID’ing this for me!  And. I’m glad you like the photos.
Judy

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Subject: Which moth is this?
Location: Mumbai, India
November 4, 2014 12:09 am
i found this moth in Mumbai, india can u help me with its name!! please and about its features.
Signature: anyways

Pellucid Hawkmoth

Pellucid Hawkmoth

Dear anyways,
This diurnal moth in the family Sphingidae is a Pellucid Hawkmoth,
Cephonodes hylas.

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Subject: giant moth
Location: Phoenix, Az
November 1, 2014 1:09 pm
I saw this MA at my sons football game today. About 3 inches across.
Signature: na

Rustic Sphinx

Rustic Sphinx

Dear na,
This beautiful moth is a Rustic Sphinx.

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Subject: Clear Wing Coffee Bee Hawk Moth
Location: Australia
October 3, 2014 10:23 pm
Hi,
I have got a couple of shots of this moth feeding, a tricky creature to photograph, these photos taken the other afternoon in South West Queensland, Australia, I had never seen one of these before but have found it is a pest in South Africa.
Some info I have about this moth.
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Bombycoidea
Family: Sphingidae
Subfamily: Macroglossinae
Genus: Cephonodes
Species: hylas (Linnaeus, 1771)
Signature: Pat Lepinath

Coffee Bean Hawkmoth

Coffee Bean Hawkmoth

Hi Pat,
Thanks so much for submitting your images of a Coffee Bean Hawkmoth,
Cephonodes hylas.

Coffee Bean Hawkmoth

Coffee Bean Hawkmoth

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