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giant moth
August 29, 2009
My daughter found this large moth in our screened in pool area. It is about 2 inches long. It has some pink when it spreads it wings. We have never seen anything like it and would love to know what it is.
Diane Nguyen
Ocala, FL

probably Pawpaw Sphinx

probably Pawpaw Sphinx

Hi Diane,
This is a Sphinx Moth, and we believe the species is the Pawpaw Sphinx, Dolba hyloeus.  Of all the moths listed for Florida on Bill Oehlke’s awesome website, this seems the best match.  There is a shot of the belly of the species on BugGuide, and that also looks close to your specimen.  We are copying Bill Oehlke on this response to see if he can verify our identification.

probably Pawpaw Sphinx

probably Pawpaw Sphinx

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