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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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what’s this?
Hi
I write for a local news paper on the Outer Banks of N.C. I spotted this fascinating creature on the beach, perched on the piling under a pier. Any idea what it is? Thanks for your help.
Megan Shaw

Hi Megan,
We hope our little trip home to hot and humid Ohio to plant tomatoes for mom did not interfere with you doing a newspaper article on the lovely Pandorus Sphinx, Eumorpha pandorus. The Pandorus Sphinx is sometimes mistaken for a hummingbird because of its color, shape and flight pattern. Caterpillars feed on grape and Virginia creeper.

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Nessus Sphinx, Amphion floridensis?
I was just given your site when trying to find the identity of this moth. I see from other shots that it appears to be a Nessus Sphinx – am I right, and is this unusual for northern illinois, as I’ve never seen one before in this area. Thanks, enjoyed you site very much – thought you might like the pictures….
Bill Gigliotti

hi Bill,
Your identification of the Nessus Sphinx is correct. Bill Oehlke’s website lists Illinois as withing the typical range.

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Moth?
I found this bug (moth?) at the front door at work this morning. It didn’t move for about 6 hours so I tapped it and holy crap it grew eye balls and changed colors. Any idea what this is? Regards
Chris Burtis
Auburn, WA

hi Chris,
Your moth is known as the One Eyed Sphinx.

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Nessus Sphinx Moth ?
Hi there,
I saw this little guy buzzing around my garden this morning until it landed on a dwarf spruce tree and stayed in the same spot for about 4 hours letting me take numerous pictures of him. Was he tired? I live 20 feet from the open water of Lake St. Clair, Michigan in New Baltimore, Michigan which is about 35 miles northeast of Detroit. I believe to be a Nessus Sphinx moth. I have attached some pictures. Can you confirm? Thanks.
Linda Schmitt

Hi Linda,
Your identification of the Nessus Sphinx, Amphion floridensis, is correct. The best place to identify sphinx moths is Bill Oehlke’s wonderful website.

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