What's That Bug? » Hummingbird Moths, Sphinx Moths or Hawk Moths http://www.whatsthatbug.com Are we experts yet? Sun, 20 Apr 2014 01:29:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Vine Hawkmoth from Australia http://www.whatsthatbug.com/2014/04/18/vine-hawkmoth-australia/ http://www.whatsthatbug.com/2014/04/18/vine-hawkmoth-australia/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:49:22 +0000 http://www.whatsthatbug.com/?p=73808 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: For some reason, we are having difficulty uploading your image.  Your moth is the Vine Hawkmoth or Gabi [...]

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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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Bug of the Month April 2014: Whitelined Sphinx http://www.whatsthatbug.com/2014/03/31/bug-month-april-2014-whitelined-sphinx/ http://www.whatsthatbug.com/2014/03/31/bug-month-april-2014-whitelined-sphinx/#comments Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:48:18 +0000 http://www.whatsthatbug.com/?p=73543 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 Dear curious, We have been getting in increasing number of requests to [...]

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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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Whitelined Sphinx http://www.whatsthatbug.com/2014/03/28/whitelined-sphinx-9/ http://www.whatsthatbug.com/2014/03/28/whitelined-sphinx-9/#comments Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:11:54 +0000 http://www.whatsthatbug.com/?p=73490 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 Hi Mallary, This Whitelined Sphinx is perfectly harmless.  Whitelined Sphinxes are currently flying in Southern California.

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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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Whitelined Sphinx http://www.whatsthatbug.com/2014/03/27/whitelined-sphinx-8/ http://www.whatsthatbug.com/2014/03/27/whitelined-sphinx-8/#comments Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:11:10 +0000 http://www.whatsthatbug.com/?p=73469 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 Hi Alex, This is a Whitelined Sphinx, a species of [...]

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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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Hawkmoth from Australia http://www.whatsthatbug.com/2014/03/01/hawkmoth-australia/ http://www.whatsthatbug.com/2014/03/01/hawkmoth-australia/#comments Sat, 01 Mar 2014 17:05:13 +0000 http://www.whatsthatbug.com/?p=73062 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 [...]

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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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