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Subject: Mystery Moth.
Location: Southern Ontario, Canada
July 26, 2014 10:48 am
Hello! Found this fairly large moth in my mothers backyard, hanging out on the fence, early evening. I have no idea what it is!
Signature: -Auraus

Laurel Sphinx

Laurel Sphinx

Dear Auraus,
This lovely moth is a Laurel Sphinx,
Sphinx kalmiae, and we identified it thanks to the comprehensive database on the Sphingidae of the Americas site where it states:  “In Canada, Sphinx kalmiae is single-brooded with most adults on the wing in June and July. In New Jersey and Connecticut and states of that latitiude, the Laurel Sphinx is double-brooded (late May-June flight and then again in July-August). There are as many as six broods in Louisiana with the first brood appearing in early to mid April.”  We are grateful that you were able to obtain an image that reveals the underwings.

Laurel Sphinx

Laurel Sphinx

Ah hah! Thank you so much for the identification. :) It was actually very happy to sit in my hand and pose for photos. Getting it to leave was the trick. ;)
-Danijela

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Subject: Panogena lingens found by Ilija Klejmjonov in Madagascar
Location: Madagascar, by Ilija Klejmjonov
July 8, 2014 4:01 pm
Dear Bugman,
As to our Coelonia fulvinotata… A confusion led to a spectacular new finding! When looking for some pictures of Coelonia fulvinotata, which were often found and commented within this nice site, as a model for a drawing, on the web, I accidentally found a slightly different caterpillar, guiding me to the blogsite of Ilija Klejmjonov, http://adderley.livejournal.com/150820.html?mode=reply#add_comment; as he breeded it at home and documented its metamorphosis with the pictures of the pupa and the moth, the emerged moth is obviously a Panogena lingens, and not the supposed Coelonia fulvinotata (to which one can be led by some confusing drawing of the moth, resembling to both species – but without this confusion I would never have found this caterpillar). Thus we have the first insight of the larval stages of a Panogena species, which were not yet known. Ilija Klejmjonov has found this caterpillar on a potted plant of Duranta erecta (Verbenaceae), a non native plant in Madagascar, it was difficult to assign, as imported ornamental plant originating from the southern new world. The documented pupa shows some similarity with those from the genus Lintneria. The revealment of an African (and Madagascan) secret… (Nothing own to attach except a picture of a tentative design by coloured pencils)
Nicest wishes,
Bostjan Dvorak
Signature: Bostjan Dvorak

Panogena lingens

Panogena lingens

Dear Bostjan,
We are sorry for the lengthy delay in responding.  Thanks so much for providing us with your wonderful drawing documenting the stages of life for
Panogena lingens of Madagascar.

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Subject: moth identification
Location: ear Halfmoon Bay on the Sunshine Coast in BC
July 19, 2014 2:26 pm
Hi There. This moth came to visit us one evening in late June. It was quite beautiful! About 7 cm across from wing tip to wing tip. Can you tell us what it is?
Thank you
Signature: Jackie

Sphinx Moth:  Smerinthus ophthalmica

Sphinx Moth: Smerinthus ophthalmica

Hi Jackie,
We confirmed the identity of your Sphinx Moth as
Smerinthus ophthalmica thanks to the Sphingidae of the Americas website.  Alas, you moth does not have a common name, though Sphinx Moth and Hawkmoth are names to describe the members of the family.  According to Pacific Northwest Moths:  “They are nocturnal and come to light.  This species is common at porch lights.  The mouthparts are reduced and the moths do not feed as adults.”

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Subject: Hummingbird Clearwing Moth, I think
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
July 15, 2014 11:23 am
I think I know what this insect is, a hummingbird clearwing moth. We’ve had hawk moths and hummingbird moths in this part of Alaska for the past few years, but I don’t ever remember seeing them here as a child – and I think I would have remembered, always being a bit of a buggy kid.
I like this picture because the moth is not actually flying, so you can see it more clearly. I thought perhaps it would be useful to your other readers. If not, well, you needn’t bother posting it :)
Thanks, as always for your fascinating site!
Signature: bugalaska

Hummingbird Clearwing

Hummingbird Clearwing

Dear bugalaska,
Your identification of this Hummingbird Clearwing,
Hemaris thysbe, is spot on.  The white legs distinguish it from the closely related Snowberry Clearwing, Hemaris diffinis.   See Sphingidae of the Americas for more information on the Hummingbird Clearwing.

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Subject: Lime Hawkmoth
Location: Southwestern PA
July 15, 2014 7:39 pm
I believe I have found a lime hawkmoth. I have the specim if it is an actual hawkmoth. I seen in one of the forums that no one has caught one yet. I have a live one and I’m not sure what to do about it.
Signature: C. Kessler

Pandorus Sphinx

Pandorus Sphinx

Dear C. Kessler,
You have misidentified your moth.  This is not a Lime Hawkmoth which is a European species, though we did receive one report of a sighting from Pennsylvania in 2009.
  Your moth is a North American species, the Pandorus Sphinx, Eumorpha pandorus.  The Sphingidae of the Americas site has additional information on the Pandorus Sphinx.  You should release the moth and let it live out its life by mating and reproducing.

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Subject: POSSIBLE MOTH?
Location: Stirling
July 8, 2014 2:24 am
Can you please help me identify this creature? it was found at while at work. I live in the Central belt of Scotland and never seen anything like this before
Signature: Bazz34

Elephant Hawkmoth

Elephant Hawkmoth

Dear Bazz34,
This lovely moth is an Elephant Hawkmoth,
Deilephila elpenor, and according to the UK Moths site:  “It is a common species in most of Britain, including Scotland, where it has increased its range in recent years.”

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