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Moth
Location:  Burlison, TN
September 23, 2010 9:08 am
This appears to be some sort of hawkmoth, but I am not sure. Can You identify it more specifically?
Signature:  Teia Taylor

Pink Spotted Hawkmoth

Hi Teia,
Your Pink Spotted Hawkmoth is one of the widest ranging members of its family in North America.

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What is this?
Location:  North Dakota
September 20, 2010 7:04 pm
My son and I would like to know what this is. We found it in our garage, it is about 3-4 inches long. We have never seen anything like it. We live in Carrington North Dakota, and we found this in mid september.
Signature:  science project

Leafy Spurge Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Dear science project,
This stunning caterpillar is a Leafy Spurge Hawkmoth Caterpillar, a Eurasian species.  According to Bill Oehlke’s Sphingidae of the Americas website:  “The leafy spurge hawk moth, Hyles euphorbiae (length: 2-3 cm, wingspan: 5-7 cm), was the first classical biological agent released against leafy spurge in the United States, with approval for introduction granted in 1965. Populations of this insect are present in several western states, including Montana, Idaho, North Dakota, Minnesota and Oregon. The moth was also introduced from Europe into Ontario, Canada, and then into Alberta where specimens are occasionally still taken.

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Unknown moths
Location:  Massachusetts, USA
September 17, 2010 8:21 pm
What are these very interesting ”downy” moths? I think I know what they are doing. Each about 1 1/4 inch long. Color white and brown. Antenna, legs, (and maybe body) covered by very fine white hairs looking like tufts of down. Pair was perched close to an empty oval domed chrysalis shell on a fence post.
Signature:  Flashfox

Mating Tolype Moths

Dear Flashfox,
We are very lucky to receive your beautiful image of Mating Moths in the genus
Tolype.  There are several very similar looking species in the genus.  According to BugGuide, there are:  “Two widespread eastern species are Small Tolype (T. notialis) and Large Tolype (T. velleda). The postmedian line on the forewing is more wavy in T. notialis, less wavy in T. velleda. Also, T. notialis is usually a darker gray, and T. velleda a paler gray. Compare T. velleda/T. notialis:  However, there is considerable variation among individuals and between the sexes of all Tolype species, which complicates identification of species based on color.”

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Green Moth (for lack of a better name!)
Location:  Indianapolis, IN
September 16, 2010 8:14 pm
I had this moth on my house last year and a friend of mine has the same moth in her yard. Can you please identify it? Hope the picture is clear enough. Thank you bugman!
Signature:  Heidi

Pandora Sphinx

Hi Heidi,
We just discovered that BugGuide describes the Pandora Sphinx,
Eumorpha pandorus, as:  “An extra-spectacular sphinx moth.“  We agree that this is one of the most strikingly colored North American Hawkmoths.

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Giant Moth
Location:  Richmond Hill (Savanah) Georgia
September 16, 2010 2:48 am
This moth I found is huge and furry. Living in the woods and near a bird sanctuary I see many different creatures of many shapes and sizes but this one was simply amazing. Please let me know what type of moth this may be. It has been on the same leaf for 3 days now and I would love to know what type it is! In the attached photos I tried to get some what of a measure to display how huge this thing is and in the second one you are able to relatively see it and it’s size from a distance located on the left bottom half of this crape myrtle tree. Check it out!
Thanks!
Signature:  Daryll

Imperial Moth

Dear Daryll,
This is a male Imperial Moth.  Are you sure that the shrub it is on isn’t in fact a Camellia rather than a Crape Myrtle?

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Death’s Head Hawk Moth
Hi Daniel
Kate has asked me to send you the photos I took of the moth (not great I’m
afraid).  We put the caterpillar  into a box with earth on 17th August and
it immediately burrowed.  It emerged at around 10pm on Saturday 11th
September.  Unfortunately the lighting was so bad it was difficult to take
decent photos (plus I’m not a great photographer).

Death's Head Hawkmoth Pupa

I also have a short film which I uploaded to Youtube.  I can either send you
the film direct or the link to Youtube if you would like it.
Thanks for your help.
Kind regards
Jan

Death's Head Hawkmoth

Hi Jan
Your photo is most interesting to us because most photos of the Death’s Head Hawkmoth show the signature skull pattern on the thorax, but it is rare to have an image of the undersides of the wings.  If our memory serves us correctly, the original photo Kate sent of the caterpillar was from Portugal.

Thanks Daniel.  You’re right about the caterpillar being found in Portugal, which is where we live.  More precisely just north of Loulé in the Algarve.
Kind regards
Jan

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