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Location: Eastrn Washington
June 13, 2011 11:56 pm
Hope you had a good holiday!
Found this moth on my house. Is it a Sphinx moth…found pics of them but not quite like this one. Comparing to the Sphinx the head is a different shape as is the end of the body..flat instead of pointed. Any thoughts??
Signature: Lynda R

Blinded Sphinx

Hi Lynda,
As we feebly attempt to put a dent in all the identification requests we received during our week away from the office, we are trying to post the most beautiful images of the most significant sightings.  You were very astute to determine that this is a Sphinx Moth in the family Sphingidae.  According to BugGuide, there are 124 North American species, and there is a great deal of diversity within the family, however, the general wing shape and body shape is relatively consistent.  This is a Blinded Sphinx,
Paonias excaecata, and you may read more about the species on the Sphingidae of the Americas website.

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white dragonfly type
Location: bristol, england, uk
June 14, 2011 2:01 pm
i was clearing some weeds from around my dahlias, astors and honesty when this beautiful white flying insect flew out then landed on the grass. i thought it was so beautiful and am now desperate to find out what it is as i have never seen it before. i have searcjed google and cant seem to identify it. it was about (very appx) 1 inch in length with a somilar wingspan. it has bern quite hot here today following a very wet spell.can u help?
Signature: natalie

White Plume Moth

Hi Natalie,
This is most definitely a Plume Moth in the family Pterophoridae, and after searching the UK Moths website, we believe it is the White Plume Moth,
Pterophorus pentadactyla.  Your photo does not clearly illustrate the very distinctive wings of the White Plume Moth because of the camera angle, but we still believe the identification is correct.  The UK Moths website indicates:  “Probably the most distinctive of the ‘Plume’ moths, and one of the largest. Its wings are deeply divided into several ‘fingers’, each of which is finely feathered, or plumed.  Quite common over much of Britain, inhabiting dry grassland, waste ground and gardens.   The adults fly from dusk onwards in June and July, and sometimes have a second generation in September.”

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Moth in Brazil
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
June 13, 2011 11:05 am
Hi bugman.
Found a strange looking moth, haven´t figured out which species it might be. Can you help me out?
Signature: Mary Drumond

Mating Royal Moths

Dear Mary,
We believe we have correctly identified your mating Royal Moths as a pair of
Citheronia laocoon, but we would like to copy Bill Oehlke on our response to get his opinion.  He may also request permission to use your excellent photo on his website.  The smaller individual in your photo is the male, and we do not know if this size discrepancy is normal, or if this is just an abnormally small male.  The male has a wider yellow band on the upper wings than the female.  Here are some photos of mounted specimens of Citheronia laocoon on the Lepidoptera Barcode of Life website.

Bill Oehlke confirms identification
Thanks for thinking of me. Here is email I just sent to Mary.
Hi Mary,
Yes, it is Citheronia laocoon.
Males are typically smaller than females, but it would appear that you probably have encountered a smaller than average male pairing with a larger than average female.
Thanks for permission to post photo.
I am very interested in seeing and posting images of Saturniidae and Sphingidae with dates and locations. I should be able to help with identifications of any moths from those two families.
Bill Oehlke

Dear Mr. Marlos and Mr. Oehlke,
Can you tell me if this month is native to Brazil (rio de janeiro) as its the first time i see anything like it around here.
Thank you so much for you reply, and yes, you may use the picture.
Thank you once again

Hi Mary,
I realized that neither Bill Oehlke nor I confirmed that this is a native species for you.

Well, i googled it (ha ha)
Apparently its native to south america, but i didnt get specifics on my state, rio de janeiro, which is on the coast. Like i said previously, i had never seen anything like it befor. Our moths tend to be small, dull and to be quite honest, ugly.
Big beautiful moths like these are a real treat.
My friend thought they were from argentin and might be escaping volcanic ash from the chilean volcano this week.
Seems a bit far.
Thank you for all your time and attention.

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Vine Sphinx Moth in SE Texas?
Location: Liberty County, Texas
June 11, 2011 6:49 pm
Found this beauty on the passenger front tire of my ’72 Imperial. Spent some time looking on the site, and found a pic of a Vine Sphinx another contributor had sent in, and it was the closest match. Many thanks for the great site
Signature: Johnny in Texas

Banded Sphinx

Dear Johnny,
We ourselves often have a very difficult time distinguishing between two species, the Vine Sphinx,
Eumorpha vitis, and the Banded Sphinx, Eumorpha fasciatus, and we believe this moth is the Banded Sphinx.  According to the Sphingidae of the Americas website, the two species are both found in Texas, and you may compare your moth to the images posted there.  The Sphingidae of the Americas page on the Vine Sphinx offers this means to distinguish between the species:  “The upperside of the moth is dark pinkish brown. Each forewing has a lighter brown band along the costa, and sharp pinkish white bands and streaks. The hindwing has a pink patch on the inner margin, but lacks the pink along the outer margin, distinguishing it from fasciata.
Note the large brown “parallelogram” between lowest of three striga upwards toward the transverse lines. In E. fasciatus this same area is very small, almost non-existent.”   On BugGuide, the Banded Sphinx is described as having:  “Strong white bands on wings. Brown band on costa (leading edge of forewing) distinguishes from the similar, less widespread, Vine Sphinx, E. vitis.”  Your moth appears to have that brown band on the leading edge of the forewing, hence our opinion that this is a Banded Sphinx.

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northern california moth, June 11
Location: menlo park, california
June 8, 2011 12:59 pm
What’s this bug, please?
Signature: friendly neighbors

Ceanothus Silkmoth

Dear friendly neighbors,
We are trying to figure out how you spotted this Ceanothus Silkmoth three days after submitting your identification request.

lol.  you funny people. “Jun 11″ meant “June 2011.” we saw it the morning of June 8th.
we are on the west side of the San Francisco Bay valley, just a couple blocks from the start of the foothills. The guest was next to our front door all day, and now we know it was a Ceanothus Silkmoth. Thanks!

Thanks for the clarification.  Exact dates can be very important in insect sightings especially when lifespans are short.  Ceanothus Silkmoths rarely live longer than a week.  They do not eat as adults and the male can sniff a females pheromones with his antennae from many miles away.  He is built for flying and she is built for laying eggs.

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Moth Identity
Hi there
I found this moth on a mountain road in Palo Alto in the mountains above Boquete in Panama in April 2011.
I believe the genus may be Rothschildia but I really don’t know.
I would be grateful if you could possibly advise as to the full species name and any common names in English or otherwise for this beautiful creature.
Thanking you in anticipation
Seamus O’Malley

Rothschildia fabiani

Hi Seamus,
This is one of the Giant Silkmoths in the genus
Rothschildia, and our research indicates there are four species or subspecies in Panama.  In our opinion, this most closely resembles Rothschildia orizaba which is pictured on the Moth Photographers Group website.

Correction Courtesy of Bill Oehlke and special request
March 15, 2013
should be Rothschildia fabiani, another one described in 2012.
Regarding the R. fabiani image posted by Seamus O’Malley, I request that you ask him via email or on WTB page, to contact me regarding image use, and possibly a larger image.  Perhaps when you make the correction you can ask him to contact me on the site. I do not mind that my email is given:
Bill Oehlke

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