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Subject: Two big beautiful moths
Location: Dublin, Ohio
July 24, 2013 1:11 pm
Took the kids to the playground at the local elementary school today, these two big beautiful moths were hanging out in doorways on the school. I know I’ve seen similar pics on your sight before, but I can’t name them off the top of my head. Please enjoy the pics!
Signature: Amber

Polyphemus Moth

Polyphemus Moth

Hi Amber,
What a spectacular and timely sighting during National Moth Week 2013.  Your sighting is also heavy on the Greek mythology.  You have sighted a Polyphemus Moth and a Pandorus Sphinx.

Pandorus Sphinx

Pandorus Sphinx

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Subject: About a bug
Location: india
July 15, 2013 9:45 pm
sir i found this bug in our back yard,i dont know what it is? some say it’s cicada but not for sure.plrase let me know
Signature: Rana Asuthosh

Pellucid Hawkmoth

Pellucid Hawkmoth

Dear Rana,
This diurnal Hawkmoth in the family Sphingidae is
Cephonodes hylas, and it is commonly called a Pellucid Hawkmoth or a Hummingbird Moth since they fly during the day and their flight pattern resembles that of a hummingbird as they nectar at flowers.  You can read more about them on the Sphingidae of the Eastern Palaearctic website.

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Subject: What’s this beauty?
Location: New Jersey
July 15, 2013 3:58 pm
Found him hanging out on our house. Was curious to know what type of insect it was.
Signature: Heather

Ailanthus Webworm Moth

Ailanthus Webworm Moth

Hi Heather,
This is an Ailanthus Webworm Moth, and we haven’t posted a new photo of this species this year, so your excellent photo is a nice example of a recent sighting.

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Subject: What’s that bug?
Location: India
July 20, 2013 1:01 pm
I captured the image that I’m sending to you today. Please help me in identifying that insect. Is it Vine Sphinx ?
Signature: e mail

Death's Head Hawkmoth

Death’s Head Hawkmoth

This is not a Vine Sphinx, but it is a member of the same family Sphingidae.  This is a Death’s Head Hawkmoth, a species popularized because of the advertising campaign of the movie Silence of the Lambs.

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Subject: Some kind of butterfly?
Location: Near Saskatoon, SK, Canada
July 20, 2013 9:00 am
I stopped to take a photo of some small purple flowers, and this tiny insect just happened to be hanging out on one. It kind of looks like a butterfly, but the wing are rather unusual to me. Can you identify this bug for me?
This photo was taken this summer (mid July), in an old pasture that has gone partially back to native grasses.
Signature: Dawn

Heliodinid, we Believe

Heliodinid, we believe

Dear Dawn,
Microlepidopterans, tiny moths, can be very difficult to identify, but since this is such a distinctive looking diurnal moth, we decided to give it a try.  First we discovered Linnaeus’s Spangle-Wing on BugGuide, but your individual has more wing markings than that species.  Then we found a very close match with
Embola ionis on the Moth Photographers Group, and we thought we had your moth, but upon searching the family Heliodinidae on BugGuide, we realized there were other general with other similar looking species.  BugGuide indicates the family can be identified because:  “Members of the family Heliodinidae are metallic-colored, mostly diurnal moths.”  Our top favorites for possible species include Neoheliodines cliffordi, which is pictured on BugGuide as well as on the Moth Photographers Group and Embola ionis, which is also pictured on BugGuide.  Both of those species have a more northern range, and though neither is reported from Saskatchewan on BugGuide, both are reported from Minnesota.   

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Subject: Vine sphinx (I think) shares window sill with click beetle.
Location: New Braunfels, Texas
July 19, 2013 3:11 pm
Hi bugman, I thought you might enjoy these photos of what I believe is a vine sphinx sharing the windowsill with a click beetle. I hoe you enjoy the photos! Thanks for such a wonderful website!
Signature: Michael

Vine Sphinx and Click Beetle

Vine Sphinx and Click Beetle

Hi Michael,
Thank you for submitting your image of a Vine Sphinx and a Click Beetle on the windowsill.  It seems you submitted a nearly identical photo, sans the Click Beetle, a few months ago.   We are speculating that perhaps they were attracted by a porch light.

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