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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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Hi! Can you tell me what these two moths are?
Adams Lake, B.C. Canada May 24th 2008

Small Eyed Sphinx Snowberry Sphinx

Hi Kathy,
Both of your moths are Sphinx Moths. The brown one with the undulating patterns is a Small Eyed Sphinx, Paonias myops, and you can find out more about it on Bill Oehlke’s wonderful website. We believe your second gray moth is a Snowberry Sphinx, Sphinx vashti, but it might also be the similar looking Elegant Sphinx, Sphinx perelegans. We will try to contact Bill Oehlke to see if he can conclusively identify it.

Update: (05/25/2008)
Hi Daniel,
It is Sphinx vashti, Can you please ask Kathy to contact me as I would like permission to use images with credit to her. … Thanks for the referals to my site and kind words.
Bill Oehlke

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Hummingbird moth?
Can you tell me what kind of moth this is? I’ve been calling it a hummingbird moth, but I’d like to know for sure. I took these pics on May 28 last year, when I spotted this beautiful moth on my lilacs. We live in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It’s the first and only time I’ve seen one! Thanks!
Daryl Ann Anderson
Alston, Michigan

hi Daryl,
This appears to be Hemaris diffinis, the Snowberry Clearwing or Bumblebee Moth.

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Hi Bugman,
Here is a link to a couple of images of a very large moth I found today, sitting on my bicylce, waiting for a ride to the shops. It would appear to measure around 45mm nose to tail and 50mm wingspan at rest (as seen in the picture on my bike). Is it one of the Sphynx genus perhaps? I would love to know what specific species it is and would be grateful if you can let me know. If you want a picture for your site, you should be able to download it directly, or if you are not able to, let me know and I will supply one. Thanks in advance!

Hi Dave,
After writing back requesting your location, we followed a hunch based on your email address indicating you sent this from UK. We quickly located the Seathorn Hawkmoth, Hyles hippophaes, on the UK Moths website.

Hi Daniel,
Thanks for the reply. You would appear to have ‘nailed’ my moth, judging by other images of the Seathorn Hawkmoth. In answer to your question, I am in fact located in Cyprus, sorry I guess that would have been a fairly import bit of info I should have included. I am attaching an image of ‘my’ moth, who incidentally, has now moved on to pastures new.

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Weird green flying insect
Hi there,
I live in manchester uk and my daughter seen this strange looking insect whilst walking home from college. Ive never seen anything like it before and cant find anything even resembling it. do you know what it is please as im really curious now. Many Thanks

hi Rachael,
This is a Lime Hawkmoth, Mimas tiliae. If you want additional information, visit the UK Moths website.

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