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Subject: unusual big moth
Location: kerala- India ,asian continent
July 31, 2016 12:23 pm
Hai.. I am from india.. Its south of india.. I saw a large moth in my bedroom .. I was scared.. Wn i saw it clearly i realized its not a common one in india.. So i took some pictures of it.. I searched about it.. Is it Eumorpha pandorus??????… Is it migrated to india???…
Signature: Deepthi

Oleander Hawkmoth

Oleander Hawkmoth

Dear Deepthi,
Eumorpha pandorus, the Pandorus Sphinx, is a North American species, though it is green like your native Oleander Hawkmoth.  The Oleander Hawkmoth has greatly increased its range due to the cultivation of its larval food plant, the oleander shrub.

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Subject: Moth?
Location: Cyprus
July 28, 2016 3:35 am
This insect is currently in my garden in Cyprus, I think it is a moth but as it is out in daytime I am not sure. I hope you can help!
Signature: Peter

Levant Hawkmoth

Levant Hawkmoth

Dear Peter,
You are correct that this is a moth, and moths are not limited to nocturnal flights.  There are many species that are diurnal, flying during daylight hours.  We are confident we have properly identified your individual as a Levant Hawkmoth,
Theretra alecto, thanks to the Cyprus Discovery website.  According to Sphingidae of the Western Palaearctic, despite being “The commonest sphingid in Lebanon, apart from Macroglossum stellatarum … Little is known about the behaviour of this species except that it is attracted to flowers and light.”

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Subject: lime hawk moth
Location: Bellefontaine, Ohio
July 26, 2016 2:30 pm
Is this a lime hawk moth ?
Signature: hoot

Pandorus Sphinx

Pandorus Sphinx

Dear Hoot,
The Lime Hawkmoth is a European species.  This is a Pandorus Sphinx.  Though they are both green, their markings are distinctly different.

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Subject: Funky Moth
Location: Beacon, NY
July 21, 2016 10:49 pm
I saw this funky looking moth in the Mid Hudson Valley, NY. He was spotted clinging to the side of my car on a warm July night. He was very resistant to move, so we gently relocated him into a plant. Any idea what kind of moth this is?
Signature: Kimberly E.

Blinded Sphinx

Blinded Sphinx

Dear Kimberly,
This striking moth is a Blinded Sphinx, a species that ranges across continental North America.

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Subject: Moth
Location: Fernbridge/ Loleta CA
July 12, 2016 9:41 am
I was a t a gas station and it was windy and when I got out of the car a moth was on the ground on its back. It was pretty and as I was going to pick it up, I put my finger down and it grabbed my finger. I put it on a wall but its little wing was out of wack and it couldn’t fly.
I brought it home and took pictures then put it out side in a plant pot to live.
I looked it up but couldn’t find one like it.
Signature: Darlene

Smerinthus ophthalmica

Smerinthus ophthalmica

Dear Darlene,
This is a Sphinx Moth in the genus
Smerinthus and based on the Sphingidae of California, there are three species in the genus, but Smerinthus saliceti is limited to extreme Southern California.  The Sphingidae of California also states:  “Moths previously listed as S. cerisyi, west of the Continental Divide, are more likely S. ophthalmica” which implies that your species is Smerinthus ophthalmica.  Sadly, your lovely moth has no common name.  According to Sphingidae of America:  “S. ophthalmica flies across southern British Columbia and southern Alberta into southwestern Saskatchewan. In the United States it can be found in Washington, Oregon and northern and central California eastward into Idaho, western Montana, western Wyoming and northern Nevada and northern Utah.”  Unfortunately, this moth will not be able to fly in its current condition, and its dislocated wing needs to be adjusted so the underwing is oriented correctly.  We are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award because of the care you gave this injured moth.

Smerinthus ophthalmica

Smerinthus ophthalmica

Thank you so much for letting me know about my moth. Unfortunately it has passed away but is still in beautiful condition. I wasn’t able to fix it’s wing until after it had died.
It is sad that it couldn’t continue on.
Thanks again for being out there to identify bugs.
Darlene

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Subject:  Carolina Sphinx
Location:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
July 8, 2016
We stepped out onto the porch after sunset and saw a huge shadow cast by a flying critter, and when it finally landed, we were thrilled to see this Carolina Sphinx.  We moved it to the primrose patch and away from the disorienting porch light.  Unlike some home gardeners, we generally allow the larval Tobacco Hornworms to continue munching on tomato leaves, but we haven’t seen any yet this year.

Carolina Sphinx

Carolina Sphinx

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