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Subject: Do you know what this is?
Location: SW FL
April 17, 2014 6:36 pm
I live in South West Florida and on the morning of 4/17/14 this creature was on my door when I exited my house. There is no direct sun at my door. There is a flowering bush about 10 meters away. I’ve never seen anything like this. Can you help me find out what it is? Thank you.
Signature: Tamara

Banded Sphinx

Banded Sphinx

Hi Tamara,
This beautiful moth is known as a Banded Sphinx,
Eumorpha fasciatus, and you may read more about the species on the Sphingidae of the Americas website.

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Subject: what moth is this
Location: australia
April 17, 2014 3:52 am
my daughter found this and has been trying to find out what it is i’v looked everywhere i have no idea what it is
Signature: :D

Vine Hawkmoth

Vine Hawkmoth

For some reason, we are having difficulty uploading your image.  Your moth is the Vine Hawkmoth or Gabi Moth, Hippotion celerio, which we found on the Butterfly House website where it states:  “The moth is agriculturally important as it is one of several species largely responsible for the pollination of Papaya ( Chamaedorea tepejilote ).”  More information can be found on Sphingidae of the Eastern Palaearctic.

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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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