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Subject: moth found in south africa
Location: South Africa
January 20, 2013 12:37 pm
I found this moth in my house in south africa and friends have different opinions of what it is, can you maybe help?
Signature: Michelle

Cape Hawkmoth

Hi Michelle,
This is a Sphinx Moth or Hawkmoth in the family Sphingidae, and we thought we would have an easy time with an identification when we found the BioDiversity Explorer page on Sphingidae from South Africa, but alas, there was no matching thumbnail.  We dug a bit deeper into the site and found images of mounted specimens of
Theretra capensis that seemed like a good match.  We found a photo of a living specimen on African Moths and the common name Cape Hawk was provided.

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