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Subject: Identify this moth please
Location: Barrie, Ontario
June 7, 2014 5:23 pm
This moth flew into my garage today. I live in Barrie, Ontario. It’s body is about an inch long and it is about 2″ wide. What is it?
Signature: Thanks, Aerin

Abbott's Sphinx

Abbott’s Sphinx

Dear Aerin,
We believe your Sphinx Moth is an Abbott’s Sphinx,
Sphecodina abbottii, and you may compare your individual to the images on the Sphingidae of the Americas website.  Though we have no shortage of images of the caterpillars of the Abbott’s Sphinx on our site, the only other image of the moth dates to 2006.

Thank you for identifying my bug! This is another picture I was able to get before I safely moved it outside. It did very much mimic a bee when it was buzzing around the window trying to get out. I am glad to know it isn’t an enemy of my vegetable garden! And very interesting that you haven’t had a picture of this moth since 2006!
Thanks again!
Aerin

Abbott's Sphinx

Abbott’s Sphinx

Hi again Aerin,
Thanks for sending another image.  Just so you know, we are postdating your submission to go live during our absence from the office next week as our regular readers have come to expect daily updates from us.

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Subject: Is this beauty hawk moth and why do they shake their wings?
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
June 11, 2014 9:16 am
Hi guys. I’ve previously found a blinded sphinx hawk moth in the same area where just today I saw this unassuming beauty. It was sleeping? When I brushed up against it by accident with my lens, it fell into my hands, started walking on my arm,and then it’s wings shook like it was trying to fly, but couldn’t. Was it cold, and needing to warm up to flee the scene – or was it a warning? It looked in perfect health. I put it gently back on the wall, and it continued its wing shaking. Thank you kindly in advance.
Signature: Maggie M.

Waved Sphinx

Waved Sphinx

Dear Maggie,
We believe we have correctly identified your Hawkmoth as a Waved Sphinx,
Ceratomia undulosa, thanks to images posted to the Sphingidae of the Americas website.  We have observed the behavior you describe, though we cannot provide a definitive answer regarding why moths flutter. 

Thank you so much for the quick reply.  You guys rock. :)
Maggie

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Subject: Moth?
Location: Germantown MD
June 10, 2014 5:56 am
I found this bug on a potted plant while relocating our belongings. Upon first glance I thought that it was a dead leaf on the plant, but upon closer examination, I found otherwise. When I attempted to have it crawl onto my finger, it immediately began to expel a white substance from it rear end. This was not a small set of droplets, but powerful stream.
Is this just a moth without formed wings?
Signature: Steve

Freshly Eclosed Sphinx Moth

Freshly Eclosed Elm Sphinx Moth

Dear Steve,
This is a freshly eclosed Sphinx Moth, and when butterflies or moths emerge from the pupal state, their wings are wet and shriveled.  They eventually fill with hemolymph, the insect blood, and harden.  Sometimes, for various reasons including injury, the wings never fully expand.  We cannot say for certain, but it most closely resembles and Elm Sphinx,
Ceratomia amyntor, to us.  Compare your image to the ones of fully expanded wings posted on the Sphingidae of the Americas site.  We will try to check with Bill Oehlke to see if he can verify that identification.

Bill Oehlke Confirms
Hi Daniel,
Yes, Ceratomia amyntor, the Elm Sphinx
Bill

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Subject: interesting moth
Location: settled on a door step in preston lancs
May 27, 2014 1:56 pm
today i saw a moth that had markings exactly as a camoflouge i. e. same as for example a army camaflouged suit
Signature: anyway

Lyme Hawkmoth

Lime Hawkmoth

Dear anyway,
This Lime Hawkmoth,
Mimas tiliae, is a relatively common species in the UK.  You can read more about it on UK Moths.

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Subject: Indiana Moth
Location: Northern Indiana
May 27, 2014 1:51 pm
I am having trouble identifying a moth that was found. Maybe you can help guide me in the right direction.
Signature: Ashlee Haviland

Small Eyed Sphinx

Small Eyed Sphinx

Hi Ashlee,
Your moth is a Small Eyed Sphinx,
Paonias myops, and your image is much clearer than the Small Eyed Sphinx image we posted yesterday.

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Subject: Is this a moth???
Location: western suburbs of Chicago, IL
May 25, 2014 10:29 pm
Can you tell me what kind of bug this is? moth??
Signature: vebes

Small Eyed Sphinx

Small Eyed Sphinx

Dear vebes,
This is  Small Eyed Sphinx, a moth in the family Sphingidae.  More information is available on Sphingidae of the Americas.

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