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Hello, this parked on my house.
Hello Bugman,
the area under my lamp and doorway is sort of a neat pitstop for all sorts of exotic bugs. They seem to spend the night there. I took this in October here in Houston, TX. It was cold outside and it seemed to be dormant, because I could actually "Pet" it. (Not in a Lenny from mice and men type of pet, but a gentle stroke.) It has a fine fine coat of chewbaca like hair and later that day was gone. I assume the temprature warmed up enough for it to mobilize and take off. What kind of moth is it?
Jake

Hi Jake,
This is a Tersa Sphinx Moth. The caterpillars are often found on garden Penta.

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living in harmony
Message from nature…’we could all get along if we’d just learn to share…’ Thought you’d enjoy this ‘last of summer’ treat taken at a meadow in Busch’s Wildlife Area in St. Charles County, MO. By the way, if one of your goals for this site was to change just one person’s way they view bugs and insects and to learn to live in harmony with nature, you’ve succeeded…I find myself telling our grandchildren on our nature walks that it’s not necessary to step on and kill everything that crawls…thanks for the life lesson…
Pat, Hawk Point, MO
Forgot to ID the eastern tiger swallowtail and snowberry clearwing moth, and in the upper left-hand corner a giant spangled fritillary with the lower wings missing….
Pat

Hi Pat,
Thank you for your photo and philosophical approach. We are happy to hear that our site is helping to educate people regarding tolerance.

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large unknown sphinx moth–smerinthus??
Hi!
This beautiful-and very large moth appeared on the door of our camp in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in May 2007. Any ideas? Thanks!
Angie Lucas

Hi Angie,
This is a Modest Sphinx, Pachysphinx modesta.

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what’s this moth?
Hey!
I have used your site many times to identify bugs around my house. I actually have something to submit this time. I skimmed over your moth pics and didn’t see another that resembled the one I found tonight hanging out under my porch light. I live in Memphis, TN and had to take a pic of this ginormous moth. It is the largest moth I have ever seen! Do you know what it is??? And why is that other little bug on him in the side view pic? Is that a leaf hopper?!?! Any info. you can give me would be appreciated! Thanks for your cool site. I love learning about all these interesting bugs! I went back outside to see if it was still there and I touched the wall right next to him with a stick and he spread his wings out. I didn’t know if this might help in identifying him or if you might prefer this pic to the other two in my previous email. I am not sure why it fascinates me so much! :) Thanks again!
Mollie

Hi Mollie,
This is a Banded Sphinx, Eumorpha fasciatus. You could not locate a matching specimen on our General Moth pages because we have special pages for Sphinx Moths or Hawkmoths. The caterpillar feeds on a wide variety of plants including grape foilage. The tiny hopper visible on one of your photos is just an accidental interaction since both were attracted to lights.

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Sphinx Moths
Hey,
Thanks so much for your wonderful website. A while ago you put up my picture of a robber fly eating a Japanese beetle on your site. My kids were thrilled. They check your site constantly. Last night and tonight these two moths visited some planters of impatiens on our patio. One looks like a white stripe sphinx, but I couldn’t figure out what the darker one is. If I had to, I’d guess a Nessus. Any idea? Thanks,
Andrew
Baldwin, MD

Hi Andrew,
The sphinx in question is a Pawpaw Sphinx, Dolba hyloeus, a new species for our site. We identified it thanks to photos and information on Bill Oehlke’s excellent website.

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oleander hawk moth
We have lived in cyprus for over ten years and have never come across anything as colourful as this moth, (thanx to your site we found out what it was). Not only did we have this one in our kitchen, a week or so later we had another in the house, my questions being how long do they live for, and why are they called oleander hawk moths ? many thanks
stewart
karaman

Hi Stewart,
The caterpillers eat oleander leaves, hence the name. Adult moths probably live about six weeks.

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