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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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Subject: What is this?!?
Location: Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri
October 13, 2013 2:19 pm
Hi! I was just curious if you knew what this fascinating looking thing is?
Signature: Tiani

Tersa Sphinx

Tersa Sphinx

Good Evening Tiani,
This aerodynamic beauty is a Tersa Sphinx
.

Awesome, thank you sooooo much!

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Subject: What’s this bug?!
Location: On brick wall of CVS in Franklin Square NY
October 8, 2013 6:40 am
This bug is HUGE and scaring the customers and employees at CVS. Please help us identify it so we can reassure everyone that it is not an ancestor of Godzilla.
Signature: -CVS 2365

Pink Spotted Hawkmoth

Pink Spotted Hawkmoth

Dear CVS 2365,
This is a Pink Spotted Hawkmoth and it poses no threat.

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Subject: Sphinx Moth
Location: Pasco County, Florida
October 5, 2013 5:15 am
Found this moth in the laundry room. Around 3-4AM.
Signature: Jamie

Streaked Sphinx

Streaked Sphinx

Hi Jamie,
In February of this year, we featured a nearly identical photo of a Streaked Sphinx,
Protambulyx strigilis, as our Bug of the Month.  Your other Sphinx is a Tersa Sphinx.

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Subject: Moth
Location: Staten Island N.Y.
September 30, 2013 1:27 pm
Do you know what kind of moth this is?
Signature: Brian

Brown Pandorus Sphinx

Brown Pandorus Sphinx

Hi Brian,
Typically, the Pandorus Sphinx is a lovely green moth that is often described as looking like camouflage.  We haven’t ever seen a brown individual, and we cannot say if your variation is rare.

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Subject: Strange one in AL
Location: East Alabama
September 18, 2013 8:40 am
My son found this beautiful creature on his car seatbelt in the Anniston, AL area. I’ve never seen one like this before, any ideas? I’m thinking some sort of moth/butterfly judging by the legs. Thanks!
Signature: Ann

Tersa Sphinx

Tersa Sphinx

Hi Ann,
This aerodynamic moth is a Tersa Sphinx.

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