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Massive Moth: What
Hi Bugman
Spotted this excellent moth dead on my door step this morning (a victim of the cold i think) just wondering if you could shed any light as to the species, im sure it cannot be British seen as im 25 and never seen anything like it and as you can see by my pictures its of a decent size. Please could you tell me where its from if indeed it isnt british Thanks In Advance
Gary Richardson

Hi Gary,
We researched the Sphingidae of the Western Palaearctic, and quickly located the Privet Hawkmoth, Sphinx ligustri. It is found in most of temperate Europe, including England. Most puzzling is the website lists its flight time as April through August. Your specimen is either very early or very late.

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Sphinx moth???
Hi,
I found this moth on the ground by my barn last summer in Prescott, AZ. Is this some kind of sphinx? We also grow tomatoes and get those huge green hornworms. My father said that the worms are actually the catapillars of this sphinx moth. Is that correct? Thanks for your help!
Erin Ferriera

Hi Erin,
Your beautiful moth is a Great Ash Sphinx, Sphinx chersis. The caterpillars on your tomatoes are related, but a different species, either Manduca quinquemaculatus, the Five-spotted hawkmoth or Manduca sexta, the Carolina Sphinx.

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Camouflage Moth in Uganda…
Hi,
I’d sent this pic in a while ago, but hadn’t heard anything…just thought I’d try again! I found this moth in Jinja, Uganda. It was pretty close to the start of the Nile. I’ve paged through the moths on your site, and I didn’t see anything that looked like it (to me). I’d love to know what it is! Thanks,
Megan

Hi Megan,
We are sorry we never responded, but your original letter most likely is lost in the black hole that is our email inbox. This is an Oleander Hawkmoth, a species with a very wide distribution. The scientific name is Daphnis neri and it can be found on Wikipedia.

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moth question – with location added
Hi Bugman –
This crazy looking moth came flying at me on a cold autumn morning (October ’07) and landed in my clematis vine — where I took it’s picture. After looking at photos on your site I think it’s a pandora sphinx moth but would appreciate your expert opinion. Thanks –
S. Z. Rein
Madison, Wisconsin
p.s. Also think your site is amazing — both for it’s photography and the bug facts.

Hi SZ,
You are absolutely correct. This is a Pandora Sphinx.

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weird looking florida moth
hello,
I took these pics outside my door. i live in SW Florida. let me know what this jet fighter moth is.
jay smith
port charlotte fl.

Hi Jay,
This streamlined, aerodynamic moth is a Tersa Sphinx, Xylophanes tersa.

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Hawaiian Moth
Bugman,
Aloha. We had a interesting moth land on the deck outside our office the other day and despite our best effort we don’t know what type of moth it is (not that any of us are any sort of expert). I think we agree that it’s some sort of sphinx moth, but no one agrees what type. No one saw it flying, so we can’t say much for the movement, but it was strikingly green. We’re not too far from Honolulu in an industrial area. We see black witch moths fairly often, but not usually anything like this one. If you could help us in identifying this one, we’d be grateful.
Matt

Hi Matt,
This is a Yam Hawkmoth, Theretra nessus. You can find information on Bill Oehlke’s wonderful website which indicates that this species is not native, but was introduced to Hawaii.

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