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Elm sphinx. very pretty moth in my opinion.
hey bugman,
I found this very pretty elm sphinx (identified by moth guy on bugguide) today and thought i would share a photo with you. this is the first one ive seen, and hopefully not the last. Are they pretty common? anyway, hope you enjoy the photo. I love your website.
Michael D.

Hi Michael,
We needed to go to your BugGuide posting to find out your Elm Sphinx, Ceratomia amyntor, was sighted in Tennessee. We rotated your photo to maximize its size on our website. We found a compilation website that has is sighting map with an extensive range.

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Beautiful Moth – Oops!
HI guys! Just want to know if you know what type of Moth this is? We are having trouble with our email and you may not have even recvd. the last one I sent. Or I’m just not being patient enough :o) Thank you!!!!!
Dianne

Dianne’s original email
(04/04/2008) Beautiful Moth
Hello,
We love your site!! We really appreciate the time you have put into it. Yesterday, this Moth landed in our back yard. We were able to enjoy him for most of the day :o) Could you please tell us what kind of moth he is? We looked on your site and found some similar but we’re still not sure. Oh, we live in N. Ca. near Sacramento. Thank you so much!
Dianne

Hi Dianne,
We had a very rough time in April and many more emails went unanswered. Thanks for resending your lovely photo of a One Eyed Sphinx, Smerinthus cerisyi, also known as Cerisy’s Sphinx.

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Bug identification
I am curious about a small brown insect that lived on our garage wall for a brief time. He is very tolerant of photographers. Two friends have identified him from your website as a sphinx moth or a Spotted Apatelodes Moth. You may use the photos on your website if any of them would be useful. He was in Chadds Ford, PA on May 2-3, 2008. He stayed about 36 hours. What do you think he is? Thanks for the help –
Judy Cz

hi Judy,
We are ecstatic to have received your images of a Lettered Sphinx, Deidamia inscriptum. In his excellent website, Bill Oehlke describes the male as resting with a stongly curved abdomen, just like your specimen.

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I think this is a Hummingbird Clearwing Moth?
Is that correct? It hovered on my lilac for a long time!
Patti Bell

Hi Patti,
We can see that your Nessus Sphinx, Amphion floridensis, is hovering around the lilacs in your lovely photo, but we would like to have known where your lilacs are planted. We know lilacs are currently blooming in Ohio and Massachusetts, so we are guessing you are further north. The Nessus Sphinx is not one of the Hummingbird Clearwings as its wings are brown and the white stripes and tufting on the abdomen are identification features. There are photos available on Bill Oehlke’s awesome website.

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Is this some type of Sphinx Moth?
Dear “What That Bug?”;
I found your link on the Web and I’m it’s still active. I’m trying to identify a moth I found on my lanai this morning (photo attached). It is up too near the ceiling for me to actually measure it, but it looks to be at least 5 inches long. I’m wondering if it might be some type of Sphinx moth. Can you tell me what it is? Thanks and regards,
Carolyn Plank
Vero Beach , FL

Hi Carol,
Your are correct. Your sphinx is a Gaudy Sphinx, a species found mainly in Florida and occasionally Texas in the U.S. but quite common in the Caribbean.

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Question: Help! What is this bug?!
Dear Bugman,
Please help me identify this bug. I have searched all the pages on the internet for moths and cannot locate a picture that looks like this one. Thank you so much!
Julie

Hi Julie,
On our website, the Sphinx Moths, a large family, get their own pages separate from general moths. This is a White Lined Sphinx, Hyles lineata. It is one of the most common U.S. Sphinx Moths, and in desert areas the species go through cyclical population explosions. Because the California rains this season have been spread out rather than concentrated, there is lush native plant growth and we expect to continue to get reports of both the adult Striped Morning Sphinx moths and the caterpillars as well.

White Lined Sphinx Caterpillar
(03/26/2008) caterpillar picture attached
I saw this caterpillar in Anzo-Borrego Desert in southern California last week. Curious if you know what it is. Pictures attached.
paul

Hi Paul,
With the desert wildflowers being so spectacular this year, there is plenty of food for plant eaters like caterpillars. We expect to get numerous queries regarding your species, the White Lined Sphinx or Striped Morning Sphinx, Hyles lineata. The caterpillars of this species are highly variable and become quite numerous at times. They were eaten by Native Americans and still are eaten by some adventuresome modern Americans as well.

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