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Subject: What’s that bug?
Location: India
July 20, 2013 1:01 pm
I captured the image that I’m sending to you today. Please help me in identifying that insect. Is it Vine Sphinx ?
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Death's Head Hawkmoth

Death’s Head Hawkmoth

This is not a Vine Sphinx, but it is a member of the same family Sphingidae.  This is a Death’s Head Hawkmoth, a species popularized because of the advertising campaign of the movie Silence of the Lambs.

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Subject: Vine sphinx (I think) shares window sill with click beetle.
Location: New Braunfels, Texas
July 19, 2013 3:11 pm
Hi bugman, I thought you might enjoy these photos of what I believe is a vine sphinx sharing the windowsill with a click beetle. I hoe you enjoy the photos! Thanks for such a wonderful website!
Signature: Michael

Vine Sphinx and Click Beetle

Vine Sphinx and Click Beetle

Hi Michael,
Thank you for submitting your image of a Vine Sphinx and a Click Beetle on the windowsill.  It seems you submitted a nearly identical photo, sans the Click Beetle, a few months ago.   We are speculating that perhaps they were attracted by a porch light.

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Subject: Moth ID
Location: Zip 18360, Stroudsburg PA
July 15, 2013 3:28 pm
Found this in my garden today.
What is it?
Signature: Pat

Blinded Sphinx

Blinded Sphinx

Dear Pat,
Thank you so much for submitting your photo of a Blinded Sphinx,
Paonias excaecata.  If it reveals its underwings, they appear as a pair of blind eyes without pupils, hence the common name.  You can read more about the Blinded Sphinx on the Sphingidae of the Americas website.

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Subject: Poplar Hawkmoth in Texas?
Location: Wise County, Texas
July 9, 2013 9:36 am
Photographed this today just off my deck – I’m in Wise County, Texas. It looks like the UK moth, but this is Texas! Have they moved here, or is this a related species? Thanks!
Signature: Mary

Walnut Sphinx

Walnut Sphinx

Hi Mary,
Your moth is in the same family, Sphingidae, as the Poplar Hawkmoth.  This is a Walnut Sphinx, Amorpha juglandis, and according to the Sphingidae of the Americas:  “The adults are also highly variable; sometimes wings of an individual may be all one color or may have several colors, ranging from pale to dark brown, and may have a white or pink tinge. Patterns range from faint to pronounced.”

Hey, Daniel!
Thank you so much for your quick response.  I love its name!  It’s gone off to wherever moths fly away to, but I truly enjoyed seeing it – what a beauty!
Mary

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Subject: Moth
Location: Ardmore, Oklahoma
July 8, 2013 3:12 pm
This moth was flying around my Abilia bush …July 7, 2013
Signature: M Burke

Clearwing

Snowberry Clearwing

Dear M Burke,
This is one of the diurnal Clearwing Sphinxes in the genus Hemaris.  We are not certain if it is the Hummingbird Clearwing Moth,
Hemaris thysbe (see Sphingidae of the Americas), or the Snowberry Clearwing, Hemaris diffinis, which is also pictured on the Sphingidae of the Americas website.  Both species are often confused for hummingbirds because of they similarity in the way that they fly and hover while feeding from blossoms.  We have contacted Bill Oehlke for assistance.  We suspect this is the Snowberry Clearwing.

Bill Oehlke concurs
Diffinis,
Note black legs and black line running though eye.
Bill

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Subject: Lyme/Hawthorne in NE PA ?
Location: NE PA-Bradford CO.
July 7, 2013 6:54 am
Took a pic of this guy at work on 7/5/13. Searched on line and saw the post from 2009. Please let me know your thoughts on this pic.
Signature: Chris Bean

Hog Sphinx

Hog Sphinx

Dear Chris,
While your moth does superficially resemble the Lyme Hawkmoth, your Hog Sphinx,
Darapsa myron, is actually a local member of the same family.  Other common names for the Hog Sphinx include the Grapevine Sphinx and Virginia Creeper Sphinx.  You can read more about it on the Sphingidae of the Americas website.

Thanks for the quick response, guess its good news its not the Lyme……

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