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Black and White Moth
Sun, May 10, 2009 at 1:48 PM
I’m writing this for my 4 year of daughter who caught this moth and want to kn ow what it eats and what this moth’s name is. SInce last summer when I first started identifying bugs with this page my daughter and I are loving it. Thanks so much for doing this.
The moth was on the house during a chilly day (8 degrees Celsius) on May 10th. We live in Ontario Canada (Ottawa). Although we could not catch it with the camera when the wings are open there are two little blue spots that look like eyes on the under wings.
Sigyn
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

One Eyed Sphinx

One Eyed Sphinx

Dear Sigyn,
Thank you for the wonderful compliment.  This lovely moth is a One Eyed Sphinx or Cerisyi’s Sphinx, Smerinthus cerisyi .  The best place to learn about Sphinx Moths of North America is on Bill Oehlke’s excellent website.

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Beautiful moth
Sun, May 10, 2009 at 11:34 AM
Hello,
I discovered a beautiful, green moth near the front door this afternoon. I live in the Netherlands and I’ve never spotted a moth like this. Could you tell me what kind of moth this is? And is it common in the area I live in? Thank you very much.
Martijn Wagenaar
Harlingen, The Netherlands

Lime Hawkmoth

Lime Hawkmoth

Hi Martijn,
This is the second photo we posted this week of a Lime Hawkmoth, Mimas tiliae.  The first example was from England.  You can read more about this lovely moth on the UK Moths website.

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Moth
Wed, May 6, 2009 at 6:16 AM
This was seen on a brick wall in Canterbury Kent, UK. We are trying to find out what type of moth it is (if it is a moth!) Can you help?
Tom
Canterbury, UK

Lime Hawkmoth

Lime Hawkmoth

Hi Tom,
We believe this is the second time we have received a photo of the Lime Hawkmoth, Mimas tiliae.  The common name is derived from the food tree, the Linden, which is called the Lime Tree in England.  According to UK Moths, According to that website it is:  “A reasonably common species in the southern half of Britain, it was most frequent in the London area, where there are still extensive tree-lined avenues. In recent years its distribution has spread northwards and is now regularly found well into North Yorkshire and beyond. ”  We believe the range expansion is due to global warming.

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Very Large Grey / Brown Moth
Wed, May 6, 2009 at 8:29 PM
I found this Moth flying outside my sliding glass window tonight. I had just gotten home at 9 pm and turned on the porch light and noticed this thing was trying to get in. I thought it was a small bird at the beginning but then saw it was a moth of some sort. It is in the mid 70’s right now and moist outside. I did spray fir bugs today outside the perimeter of my home. Please help, I hate bugs.
I would say this thing is a good 2.5 inches in length . Scarey.
Thanks Wendy
Santa Clarita, Ca

Big Poplar Sphinx

Big Poplar Sphinx

Hi Wendy,
How lucky you are to have seen a Big Poplar Sphinx, Pachysphinx occidentalis occidentalis, which is found in western North America from Canada to Baja California.  It truly is a magnificent moth.  You can read more about it on Bill Oehlke’s excellent website.

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Big Moth with red dot.
Wed, Apr 22, 2009 at 3:23 PM
I’m going to guess it was about three inches long. It was about eight at night when I heard some fluttering, which, by the way, was really loud. At first, I thought it was a big bee. After awhile of it being a Kamikaze, smacking itself in the window, it just kind of sat still, tired or giving up. And I moved into bombard it with pictures.
Rachel
San Jose, California

White Lined Sphinx

White Lined Sphinx

Hi Rachel,
Your moth is a somewhat battered While Lined Sphinx, Hyles lineata. The red dot on the thorax has been caused by the scales wearing off the body, revealing the hard chitinous exoskeleton beneath. The White Lined Sphinx seems to be experiencing quite a population explosion this year, with numerous individuals being reported. We received one letter from the La Jolla, CA area reporting hundreds of White Lined Sphinx flying at dusk.

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Huge Moth Southern California
Mon, Apr 20, 2009 at 3:57 PM
I have only seen four of these guys my whole life, in So Cal… I always wondered what the genus is… they are HUGE!!!!
Katt
West Hills, Ca

White Lined Sphinx

White Lined Sphinx

Hi Katt,
The White Lined Sphinx or Striped Morning Sphinx, Hyles lineata, is one of the most common Sphinx Moths in the U.S., being found in all lower 48 states.  Periodically, in the desert regions of the Southwest, there are tremendous population explosions of both the caterpillars, which are edible, and the adult moths.  Just last week, we had 8 moths on our screen door because we often leave the light on in Los Angeles.

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