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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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Subject: id a “hummingbird moth”
Location: Central Nebraska
August 26, 2014 5:04 pm
Could you please identify this “moth”?
Signature: Amateur photo “bug”

Whitelined Sphinx

Whitelined Sphinx

Dear Amateur photo “bug”,
This is a nice action image of a Whitelined Sphinx.

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Subject: Hummingbird Clearwing Moth
Location: Evanston, IL
August 25, 2014 10:47 am
Here is a photo I captured in our school garden one summer about five years ago. Just a few weeks ago I saw two more of these moths in our garden but did not have my camera on me. Don’t think, however, I could get better than this.
Signature: Lynn Hyndman

Snowberry Clearwing

Snowberry Clearwing

Hi Lynn,
We believe you have misidentified this diurnal sphinx moth, and that it is
Hemaris diffinis, the Snowberry Clearwing or Bumblebee Moth, not a Hummingbird Clearwing.  The two species look quite similar as they are in the same genus, but the Snowberry Clearwing is slightly smaller and has black legs, not light legs like the Hummingbird Clearwing.  The Sphingidae of the Americas site has an excellent image with both species for comparison.  Your image is quite nice.

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Subject: Sphinx Moth ?
Location: Middle Tennessee
August 23, 2014 10:46 am
My husband spotted this at work. I was sure it was a type of Sphinx Moth until I looked on your site and saw the others did not have long antennas. Can you enlighten me on what type of moth this may be?
Signature: Sarah P.

Elm Sphinx

Elm Sphinx

Hi Sarahm
This appears to us to be an Elm Sphinx or Four Horned Sphinx,
Ceratomia amyntor.  You can read more about the Elm Sphinx on the Sphingidae of the Americas website where it states:  “Ceratomia amyntor adults fly as a single brood in a wide variety of forested and open habitats in the northern portions of their range from June-July. There are two broods further south, and Vernon A. Brou confirms five broods in Louisiana from March-October.”

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