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Subject: What kind of bug is this
Location: Southwest Missouri
August 22, 2013 4:58 pm
I was wondering what kind of bug this is? I live in southwest Missouri and found it outside on the wall. I have never seen this type before and wanted to know if it bites or could be poisonous too. Any help would be great. Thank you!
Signature: Michele

Small Eyed Sphinx

Small Eyed Sphinx

Hi Michele,
This harmless moth is a Small Eyed Sphinx, Paonias myops.  It does not bite and it is not poisonous.

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Subject: Unidentified Moth
Location: Linn county, Oregon
August 21, 2013 6:45 pm
Hello, I was just trying to figure out what kind of moth this is? It was found in linn county, Oregon up in the hills. Thanks for any help.
Signature: Justine

Striped Morning Sphinx

Striped Morning Sphinx

Dear Justine,
This is such a regal portrait of a Striped Morning Sphinx or Whitelined Sphinx,
Hyles lineata.

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Subject: Srtange moth??
Location: Flushing MI 48433
July 25, 2013 6:22 pm
I have a bug/ moth in my patunias. Wondering what it is.
Signature: Mary Weaver

Hummingbird Clearwing

Hummingbird Clearwing

Hi Mary,
This is one of the Clearwing Moths in the genus
Hemaris, most likely the Hummingbird Clearwing, Hemaris thysbe, so called because they are frequently confused for hummingbirds when they are seen hovering in the air nectaring at blossoms.  Hummingbird Moths can fly forward and backward as well as hovering in place, just like their namesake.  You can read more about the Hummingbird Moth on the Sphingidae of the Americas website.

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Subject: What’s this moth?
Location: Central North Carolina
July 28, 2013 7:24 am
Moth found hiding out during the day
Signature: Greg

Catalpa Sphinx

Plebian Sphinx

Hi Greg,
We believe this moth is a Catalpa Sphinx, Ceratomia undulosa, based on photos on the Sphingidae of the United States website and BugGuide.  We will try to get a confirmation from Bill Oehlke.

Bill Oehlke provides a correction
Daniel,
Nice picture of Paratrea plebeja, the Plebian Sphinx.
I would like permission to post. Can you help?
Bill

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Subject: Moth
Location: Ontario
July 26, 2013 9:38 am
Sorry about this again. I want to know what this is type of moth and you can post this website.
Signature: M.0

Bedstraw Hawkmoth

Bedstraw Hawkmoth

Dear M.o,
This is a Gallium Sphinx or Bedstraw Hawkmoth, Hyles gallii.  You can read more about the Bedstraw Hawkmoth on the Sphingidae of the Americas website.

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Subject: Two big beautiful moths
Location: Dublin, Ohio
July 24, 2013 1:11 pm
Took the kids to the playground at the local elementary school today, these two big beautiful moths were hanging out in doorways on the school. I know I’ve seen similar pics on your sight before, but I can’t name them off the top of my head. Please enjoy the pics!
Signature: Amber

Polyphemus Moth

Polyphemus Moth

Hi Amber,
What a spectacular and timely sighting during National Moth Week 2013.  Your sighting is also heavy on the Greek mythology.  You have sighted a Polyphemus Moth and a Pandorus Sphinx.

Pandorus Sphinx

Pandorus Sphinx

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