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Bug Love picture from Georgia
I snapped a couple of pics of two moths mating yesterday. I really like this one: underneath this one isn’t as dynamic: topside I included links to the flickr photostream too. They look like Cerisy Sphinxes from what I saw on your site. Feel free to use this pictures if you’d like. Thanks for running a great site,
Casey Willis

Hi Casey,
Bill Oehlke’s website doesn’t list Cerisy’s Sphinx in Georgia. These are Blinded Sphinxes, Paonias excaecata. You can also read about the Blinded Sphinx on Bill Oehlke’s website.

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Hi there and thanks for your informative site
As best as I can see – the moths on my front porch today are Modest Sphinxes – they do not seem to have the distinct battle colors of the Cerisy’s. We live in the country east of Parker Colorado
Don Mackenzie

Hi Don,
Your photo is breathtakingly beautiful. This is a species closely related to the Modest Sphinx. It is the Big Poplar Sphinx, Pachysphinx occidentalis, the pale color form. Bill Oehlke’s wonderful website has some nice images of this beautiful moth. We have also heard it called the Western Poplar Sphinx.

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My kids found the Moth or Butterfly outside our front door. They want me to identify it. Please help me look like a smart momma. Thanks,
D’Lonna
Texas

Hi D’Lonna
The fact that you cared enough to research on the internet makes you a smart momma. This moth is a Vine Sphinx, Eumorpha vitis. It is a wide ranging species that can be found in Argentina up through the souther United States, and it occasionally strays as far north as Nebraska according to Bill Oehlke’s excellent website. The caterpillar feeds on vines, and is especially fond of grape

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A sphinx moth of some sort?
Hi
Found this hanging on a lavender bush in my garden today. We live just south of Vancouver BC near the Washington border. It is similar in size to other sphinx moths I have seen at Adams Lake BC, but a different colour. Can you help? Thanks
Margaret

Hi Margaret,
Your moth is a Blinded Sphinx, Paonias excaecata. You can read more on Bill Oehlke’s wonderful website.

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Dear Bugman,
I found this moth on my living room window screen here in the Sierra Nevadas of Northeastern California. I looked through your photos of Sphinx moths and did not find one like him. Can you tell me what he is? I also had the pleasure of finding a Ceanothus Silk moth on the wall of my house the other day! I will attach a couple photos for you! Thank You,
Carrie Baum
Susanville , CA

Hi Carrie,
We probably had still not posted the image we received from Canada on June 9 of a Wild Cherry Sphinx, Sphinx drupiferarum. That image showed the resting position and it is great that you have supplied us with an image of the underwings as well as a finger for scale.

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Large Moth
We live near Kelowna, BC. I found this large moth resting on my fence one morning, and cannot identify it. Any suggestions?
Thanks, in advance.
Howard

Hi Howard,
Your large moth is a Wild Cherry Sphinx, Sphinx drupiferarum, and you can read up on it on Bill Oehlke’s awesome website.

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