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Subject: Unknown Moth
Location: New Brunswick, Canada
July 3, 2015 7:27 pm
Hi! Found this moth on our window screen around midnight. I would appreciate any help! Thank you.
Signature: Jordan Skaarup

Pink Spotted Hawkmoth

Waved Sphinx or Pink Spotted Hawkmoth

Hi Jordan,
The pretty pink coloring and markings on the body and underwings of this Pink Spotted Hawkmoth,
Agrias cingulata, are hidden by the upper wings in your image.  See Sphingidae of the Americas for more information on the Pink Spotted Hawkmoth.

Update:  July 4, 2015
Might this be a Waved Sphinx as Cesar Crash thinks?  Here is a BugGuide image.  The two look quite similar to us.

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Subject: is tHis a moth
Location: lafayette, colorado
July 2, 2015 1:00 pm
Is this a moth? Is it native to Colorado?
Signature: cathy

Mating Western Poplar Sphinxes

Mating Western Poplar Sphinxes

Dear Cathy,
These look like mating Western Poplar Sphinxes,
Pachysphinx occidentalis, to us, and according to BugGuide, they are found in Colorado.  According to BugGuide, the habitat is:  “Riparian areas, open parklands, suburbs at low elevations; adults are nocturnal and attracted to light.”

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Subject: Moth in my greenhouse
Location: Powell river bc
June 20, 2015 10:30 am
Found this beautiful fellow in my greenhouse . Let him out . So beautiful. But what is he ?
Powell river bc Canada
Signature: Noni

Wild Cherry Sphinx

Wild Cherry Sphinx

Dear Noni,
We turned to BugGuide to identify your Wild Cherry Sphinx,
Sphinx drupiferarum, where we learned it ranges:  “All across Canada, south in East to Georgia and north Texas.”

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Subject: Pandora sphinx
Location: Stratford, Connecticut
July 1, 2015 8:23 pm
This scared the hell out of me tonight! I thought it was a bat flying around until it finally stayed still! Crashed into some cords long enough for a picture. I safely removed him back outside. He was very fat, I’ve seen mice with smaller bodies!! Happy 4th, Cheers!
Signature: Karen

Pandora Sphinx

Pandora Sphinx

Dear Karen,
Large Sphinx Moths are indeed impressive creatures.  Thanks for sending in your image of a Pandora Sphinx.  If memory serves us, this is the first sighting we have received this year.

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Subject: What the heck giant moth??
Location: Washington state northern
June 14, 2015 5:17 pm
Never seen this before I’m in lake Stevens Washington northern area this guy has been hanging out at my front door for several days just chilling his body is fat and fuzzy his wings are an unusual shape bat like any idea? You prob know :)
Signature: Stephanie

Blinded Sphinx

Blinded Sphinx

Dear Stephanie,
This is the time of year that we get several identification requests for the Blinded Sphinx,
Paonias excaecata.

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Subject: Giant Moth!
Location: Holbein, Saskatchewan
June 11, 2015 11:20 pm
I have lived in Holbein Saskatchewan for the past 6 years. The last two spring/summers I have come across 2 of these giant moths which are about 3 inches long (we have an acreage consisting of 10 acres). I am from Vancouver and never have a seen such a huge moth. It’s quite stormy and windy out (probably about 15 degrees Celsius) and the moth was banging on the door (literally … I had to get up and check it out). It seemed to be attracted to light and the bright white door.
Signature: Kelly

Modest Sphinx

Modest Sphinx

Dear Kelly,
This impressive moth is a Modest Sphinx,
Pachysphinx modesta, and you can compare your image to this image on BugGuide.

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