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Subject: large moth
Location: southern nevada
March 31, 2014 7:07 am
the last few months these big moths have been everywhere and my little brother is dying to know what they are. i’d say it’s bigger than a quarter at least
Signature: curious

Whitelined Sphinx

Whitelined Sphinx

Dear curious,
We have been getting in increasing number of requests to identify Whitelined Sphinxes, the moth species in your image, and we have decided to make your submission the Bug of the Month for April 2014.  We suspect there might be a significant annual Whitelined Sphinx population this spring, and we also got a Wanted Poster from University of Entomology PhD candidate Cristina Francois to report significant sightings of masses of Whitelined Sphinx Caterpillars.  During favorable years, the Caterpillars, which can be eaten, are found in great numbers.  We are currently observing Whitelined Sphinx Moths very regularly as they are attracted to the porch light.

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Subject: What. Is. This.
Location: San Diego
March 26, 2014 8:19 am
Help, there is a large moth on my ceiling. I called maintenance to save me but they just laughed. What is it?!!
Signature: Mallary

Whitelined Sphinx

Whitelined Sphinx

Hi Mallary,
This Whitelined Sphinx is perfectly harmless.  Whitelined Sphinxes are currently flying in Southern California.

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Subject: weird bug mammal creature
Location: lakeforest ca
March 26, 2014 11:12 pm
Found this while I was eating at jack in the box im so curious on what it is looks like a grasshopper and a mouse mated. Thanks
Signature: alex adams

Whitelined Sphinx

Whitelined Sphinx

Hi Alex,
This is a Whitelined Sphinx, a species of moth, and they are currently flying in Southern California.  We see one or more at our screen door each morning.  They are attracted to the porch light.

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Subject: Hawk Moth
Location: Sydney
February 28, 2014 4:37 pm
Hi guys. In the past few weeks we’ve had a hawk moth on your from verandah (in northern Sydney NSW). Last night we had another similar one and i wanted to see if they were the same? I know one is a coequosa australisiae, not sure if maybe ones a female and the other a male? Or the same one thats matured? The plainer one is from 3 weeks ago and the orange one is from last night. Thanks!!
Signature: Libby

Hawkmoth:  Coequosa australasiae

Hawkmoth: Coequosa australasiae

Hi Libby,
Both of your moths are the same species, and your identification is correct.  They are both
Coequosa australasiae.  Hawkmoths tend to be long lived as moths go, and they might even both be the same individual.  Like many moths, Coequosa australasiae has underwings that are more brightly colored than the upper wings which serve as camouflage.  You can see a matching image on Csiro.

Hawkmoth:  Coequosa australisiae

Hawkmoth: Coequosa australisiae

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Subject: Hyles population boom?
February 23, 2014 9:19 pm
is anyone else seeing a LOT of Hyles lineata right now?  I live in Riverside and am getting 5/day in house.  luckily, I love them!  I do have a bunch of epilobium which they’re probably feeding on.
Signature: Beth

Hi Beth,
Our offices are in Mount Washington, a Los Angeles neighborhood to the northeast, and we have had visits several times this week by Whitelined Sphinxes.  Though we are not seeing the numbers you are seeing, we can attest to them flying right now.  Last April, we had a period of time in early April where we would see as many as eight to ten Whitelined Sphinxes each night at the front door where they were attracted by the porch light.

WTB? Offices April 2013

WTB? Offices April 2013

hi Daniel, I teach at Oxy but am seldom there at night to see such things.  it seems early in the season  for the numbers I’m seeing…..
Beth

We have had a warmer and drier winter which will affect eclosion times.

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Subject: Beautiful moths!
Location: Sylmar, CA
February 22, 2014 12:19 pm
Hi there, I recently found a large moth resting on the sidewalk on my way home and snapped a picture because I hadn’t seen a pattern like it before. Then the next day a saw another! I’ve become obsessed with finding them now! Thanks to your website I know now that they were Striped Morning Spinx. I thought you might enjoy the pictures! Great website!
Signature: New moth hunter

Striped Morning Sphinx

Striped Morning Sphinx

Dear New moth hunter,
We have a Striped Morning Sphinx or Whitelined Sphinx,
Hyles lineata, on our front porch at this moment, and another smaller individual was on the screen door Thursday night.

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