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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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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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