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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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Subject: Tersa Sphinx
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
October 4, 2014 8:36 am
Hello,
I believe this is a Tersa Sphinx moth. Taken on a cool early morning October 4th. Was resting under a porch light.
Signature: A Fan

Tersa Sphinx

Tersa Sphinx

Dear A Fan,
Your identification of this Tersa Sphinx is correct.  In our opinion, this is one of the most aerodynamic looking Sphinx Moths in a family known for streamlined appearances.

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Subject: Pandora Sphinx Moth in PA?
Location: Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
October 2, 2014 8:07 am
Hey, guys. I just read your article on the two species, and I’m not 100% sure whether this is a Lime Hawkmoth or a Pandora Sphinx. I noticed him clinging to a stone wall on my walk home from work a couple of weeks ago, thought he was very beautiful, and snapped a picture for my photography portfolio. I’ve never seen a moth like this around here before. I live out in the Poconos in Pennsylvania.
Signature: Sierra Stashek

Pandorus Sphinx

Pandorus Sphinx

Hi Sierra,
Your moth is definitely a Pandorus Sphinx, and not a Lime Hawkmoth which is a European species.  We reported on an isolated incident of a Lime Hawkmoth in Pennsylvania several years ago, but to the best of our knowledge, the species is not established in North America.
  We recently posted an image of the Caterpillar of a Pandorus Sphinx.

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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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