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Subject: Moth
Location: Vero Beach Fl.
December 10, 2013 7:29 pm
Have seen two of these here in the last couple weeks.Are they rare.New to Florida so I’am seeing new things everyday.
Signature: Al

Streaked Sphinx

Streaked Sphinx

Dear Al,
Several years ago we would have claimed that sightings of the tropical Streaked Sphinx were relatively rare in Florida, but in recent years, perhaps due to global warming, sightings are becoming increasingly more frequent.

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Subject: Cool moth
Location: South Florida (Miami)
December 1, 2013 9:12 am
I would like to know what kind of moth this is, I found it sitting outside on a leaf near my oak trees.
Signature: Jessica

Streaked Sphinx

Streaked Sphinx

Hi Jessica,
This beautiful and very streamlined moth is a Streaked Sphinx,
Protambulyx strigilis, and you can read more about this species on Sphingidae of the Americas.  It seems Florida sightings are getting more and more common, and this might be a direct effect of global warming.

Streaked Sphinx

Streaked Sphinx

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Subject: Whitelined Sphinx Moth?
Location: Ypsilanti [Michigan]
November 10, 2013 11:47 am
Hi Guys,
I found this beauty a couple weeks ago. After using Whatthatbug.com I think it’s a Whitelined Sphinx
Moth. Just wanted to share and say thanks again for making a great site to identify bugs :)
Signature: Rachel

Probably White Lined Sphinx

Probably White Lined Sphinx

Dear Rachel,
What an intense expression you have captured in this portrait of a Sphinx Moth.  This is most likely a Whitelined Sphinx, but a better view of the wings would make us more confident.  The markings on the head look very similar to this photo of a Whitelined Sphinx from BugGuide.  We did not know where in the world Ypsilanti was located, and we thought it might be some exotic Eurasian location, but our research revealed this unusual name as being a city in Michigan.

Whitelined Sphinx

Whitelined Sphinx

Hi Daniel,
Thanks for the super fast response. I didn’t do a great job on my form, I am in Ypsilanti Michigan. I also got the wrong site link of there, fail big time :/ Heres another shot of the moth, It beat it’s wings super fast and the colors and markings look like it could be a Whiteline Sphinx
Thanks again for a great place to identify critters, I know you guys are overwhelmed :)
Rachel R

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Subject: Polyphemus Moth
Location: NE Ohio
October 27, 2013 2:54 pm
I think this is a Polyphemus Moth? If not, I would really like to know!
Signature: Ed

Modest Sphinx

Modest Sphinx

Hi Ed,
This is not a Polyphemus Moth.  It is a Modest Sphinx or Poplar Sphinx,
Pachysphinx modesta, and this sighting seems quite late in the year.  You can find more information on the Modest Sphinx on the Sphingidae of the Americas website.  We will be postdating your submission to go live during our absence from the office in early November.

Thank you very much for your identification. The pictures were actually taken ‎Friday, ‎July ‎29, ‎2011. I have been meaning to post them, but I am sure that you understand what time constraints can lead to! I don’t remember if I uploaded all 3 pictures that I took, so I will include them with this reply. Feel free to use them as you wish, just a minor acknowledgment would be appreciated. Thank you again for your time.
Edward Grether

Thank you Edward.  The photos were so similar that we felt we only needed to post the best with a bit of color correction.

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Subject: Is this a….
Location: California
October 20, 2013 4:30 pm
I am not certain but is this a Carolina Sphinx moth? One night a few months back, we saw these strange moths hovering over our Jasmine plants like hummingbirds at dusk, and we never saw a moth like that before in southern California. Just today, we saw the first one since those few months ago. This moth didn’t seem to wanna fly so I decided to take some pictures of me holding it before putting it on a tree.
Signature: Brittany

Carolina Sphinx

Carolina Sphinx

Hi Brittany,
We agree that this is a Carolina Sphinx,
Manduca sexta.  Perhaps you or a neighbor grows tomatoes.  The leaves of tomatoes are a preferred host plant for the larvae of the Carolina Sphinx.

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Subject: Help!!! What is this??
Location: Coto De Caza, Ca
October 16, 2013 11:19 am
Dear Bugman,
I was out gardening, planting some new tomatoes and this creature was hanging on to one of the leaves. He’s still there! Btw, he’s the size of a small bird. Any idea what he is? Do I have the worlds largest moth in my garden? And how do I make him leave?
Sincerely,
Angela
Signature: Angela (scared of most things creepy & crawly)

Carolina Sphinx

Carolina Sphinx

Dear Angela,
This gorgeous moth is a Carolina Sphinx, and she is probably laying eggs on the tomato plant, where her progeny, Tobacco Hornworms, will feed on the leaves and grow very large.  The Tobacco Hornworm, or Tomato Bug, is a very impressive caterpillar with a caudal horn.  See the Sphingidae of the Americas for additional information.

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