What is this bug?
Location: Offshore Angola, West Africa
October 13, 2010 12:51 am
i met this beuty in an oil field located about 75 nautical miles off the coast of Angola. It is 5-6 cm. long.
We are going to post your letter and photo of a Sphinx Moth first and then try to identify the species. Sphinx Moths or Hawkmoths in the family Sphingidae are strong fliers and we are not surprised it was found out to sea. Perhaps if we are not successful with a species identification, our of our readers will be able to supply an answer.
Hi Daniel and Geir:
I believe your moth is the aptly named Verdant Hawkmoth (or Verdant Sphinx Moth), Euchloron megaera (Sphingidae: Macroglossinae) It ranges throughout Africa and Madagascar. Regards. Karl