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Subject: Acherontia lachesis?
Location: Campinas – SP Brazil
February 12, 2013 8:31 pm
This moth enters my house and starts to circle the light bulb, and get stuck on my clothes, his abdomen have a light orange coloration
Signature: Gabriel ajeje

Sphinx Moth

Hi Gabriel,
This is a Sphinx Moth in the same family as
Acherontia lachesis, but it is a different species.  Acherontia lachesis is a member of an Old World genus commonly called the Death’s Head Sphinx and it is not native to Brazil.  It is a much larger moth than your specimen.

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Subject: Which moth is this?
Location: Boca Tapada, Costa Rica
January 26, 2013 9:22 am
Dear sir,
I found this moth in Costa Rica a few weeks a go, in Boca Tapada, in a lagoon, on a brench. What is it and is it common or rare? Thank you very much in advance !!!!
Signature: M. Van Schaik

Banded Sphinx

Dear M. Van Schaik,
This is a Banded Sphinx Moth,
Eumorpha fasciatus.  It is a wide ranging species that can be found in North America as well as in Argentina.  See the Sphingidae of the Americas for additional information.

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Subject: moth found in south africa
Location: South Africa
January 20, 2013 12:37 pm
I found this moth in my house in south africa and friends have different opinions of what it is, can you maybe help?
Signature: Michelle

Cape Hawkmoth

Hi Michelle,
This is a Sphinx Moth or Hawkmoth in the family Sphingidae, and we thought we would have an easy time with an identification when we found the BioDiversity Explorer page on Sphingidae from South Africa, but alas, there was no matching thumbnail.  We dug a bit deeper into the site and found images of mounted specimens of
Theretra capensis that seemed like a good match.  We found a photo of a living specimen on African Moths and the common name Cape Hawk was provided.

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Subject: Sci-fi moth
Location: Glenwood, Durban [Ed. Note:  South Africa]
January 11, 2013 12:50 pm
Hi, I found this moth a few years ago at my home in Glenwood, Durban. Never been able to find it in a book on bugs. Any idea?
Signature: Ash

Coffee Bean Hawkmoth

Dear Ash,
This stunning creature is a Coffee Bean Hawkmoth or Oriental Bee Hawkmoth,
Cephanodes hylas, according to the BioDiversity Explorer website which states:  “This is one of the three main species of hawkmoth that are active in the daytime, the other two species being Macroglossum trochilus and Leucostrophus hirundo” though it is unclear which location that statement is made regarding since the Coffee Bean Hawkmoth ranges in “Africa south of the Sahara, Asia and Australia.”

Wow Daniel,
thanks for the prompt reply!  I thought it might be a Clearwing Moth – they seem so similar. But I’ve just found the exact same one as mine under Hawkmoth!
I see my image can be found on google now. Would you mind terribly putting this one up instead? It has my copyright on it.  I’ll change the name on my site.
Many thanks again!

We have replaced the image.

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Subject: A Long Unanswered Question From Indonesia
Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
January 5, 2013 6:27 pm
Dear Mr. Bugman,
When I was a child (1995-1999) I lived in Jakarta, Indonesia on an American compound. One birthday I was given a large butterfly net from my grandpa made from a pole and an old basket ball hoop. Thus began my collection.
Everyone in the compound knew I collected butterflies and moths so one day I got called out by a guard to collect one out a pile of leaves in a trashcan. I knew even then that it was not a butterfly nor a moth. The question then was: what is it? I still don’t know. I hope you’ll be able to help.
It appears to only have one antennae in the photos but I’m sure it originally had two. It also has a pin through it as that was how I mounted them. The only thing more I know about it is that it smelled terrible when it died. It’s about 4 inches wide including the wings and two inches tall. It looks like a house mouse with wings that are very well designed for leaf camouflage.
Signature: D.Mac

Hawkmoth may be Amplypterus panopus

Dear D.Mac,
We are happy to clear up this mystery after so many years, even if our solution is not specific.  Despite your reservations, this really is a moth known as a Hawkmoth in the family Sphingidae.
  Those eyespots on the upper wings are quite distinctive, and when we located this page on the photokito blog with images of Amplypterus panopus, we thought we might have identified your moth, but it seems there are some differences.  We then looked at additional photos of Amplypterus panopus on The insects from the Palaearctic region and Lepiforum, and we decided that it is most likely your moth, but that the damage your moth suffered in the trashcan is most likely obscuring some features.  We believe we have correctly identified your moth as Amplypterus panopus, but we are not certain.

Hawkmoth possibly Amplypterus panopus


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Subject: Strange insect!
Location: Lahore, Pakistan, South Asia
December 7, 2012 12:01 pm
I found this strange insect out on my porche. It stayed in the SAME POSITION for about 1/2 days! Can you please identify it for me. It is goldenish in colour and has a sharp look.
Signature: Shaarif Sajid

Sphinx Moth

Hi Shaarif,
This Sphinx Moth greatly resembles a wide ranging North American species, the Striped Morning Sphinx,
Hyles lineata.  They look similar to, but not identical to, these Striped Hawkmoths from Iraq.  We took the liberty of color correcting your image and we hope you appreciate the results.  We will be grading a color correcting assignment this weekend for the Belmont High School digital imaging class.

Update:  February 9, 2014
We just received a comment that this is
Hippotion celerio, a wide ranging species known as the Silver-Striped Hawkmoth.  There is additional information on the Sphingidae of the Eastern Palaeartic site.


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