Subject: What is this bug?
Geographic location of the bug: Central Texas
Time: 10:45 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Hi there! I found this bug in our back yard next to our garden hose and I placed it on the tree. It looked like a moth coming out of a chrysalis but I couldn’t see any separation whatsoever. Tried to identify it online with no luck.
How you want your letter signed: Rachel
You are correct. This is a Sphinx Moth that has just emerged from the pupal state and its wings have not yet fully expanded. Since the wings have not fully expanded, we are uncertain of its species identity, but based on images posted to BugGuide and Sphingidae of the Americas, we believe this is a female Walnut Sphinx.