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3-11-08 Hugh Moth
This creature flew onto our friends chair cushion and stayed all night until sunrise the next morning-approx 3" wide x 2" long or the center of a large mans palm. beautiful bight green. thanks,
Kristi
Rockledge, Florida

Hi Kristi,
Your beautiful moth is a Gaudy Sphinx.

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I’m unsure if the photo attached to my last e-mail so here is another try. I’ve been googling, but having a hard time finding sites specific to the West Indies (specifically, Dominica) Thank you,
Teal
Jungle Bay Resort and Spa
Delices, Dominica

Hi Teal,
Your moth is a Mournful Sphinx, Enyo lugubris. According to Bill Oehlke’s site, this species can be found in the Southern U.S. as well as Central and South America, including the West Indies.

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What is This Moth? Hello, we found this beautiful emerald green moth outside our shop door yesterday morning. Have never seen anything like it. Can you tell us what kind of moth it is? Thanks,
Charles
We live in Northern, California East of Red Bluff.

Hi Charles,
The Pacific Green Sphinx, Arctonotus lucidus, also known as the Bear Sphinx, is sure a lovely moth. Like many moths, it is attracted to lights at night.

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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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