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Subject: Ceanothus Silk Moth?
Location: Choctaw, Oklahoma
May 23, 2017 5:15 pm
Found in central Oklahoma 5/22/2017.Attached are two photos.
Curious what it is if not Ceanothus silk moth.
If it is it’s a long way from home.
Signature: Dave Osborne

Cecropia Moth

Dear Dave,
You are correct that you are too far east for this to be a Ceanothus Silkmoth.  It is actually a closely related female Cecropia Moth.

Thank you very much for the insight.
Dave Osborne

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Subject: Cecropia moths?
Location: Southern Middle Tennessee
May 24, 2017 5:18 am
Found these two on my back door this morning. Could they be Cecropia moths?
Signature: Thank you, A. Garretson

Mating Tuliptree Silkmoths

Dear A. Garretson,
These are mating Giant Silkmoths, but they are NOT Cecropia Moths.  They are in the genus
Callosamia, and of the three possibilities found in North America, we believe you have witnessed an amorous pair of Tuliptree Silkmoths, Callosamia angulifera.  According to BugGuide:  “Males are brown centrally, females yellowish brown. On females the angular white spots are largest on the forewings.”

Mating Tuliptree Silkmoths

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Subject: Big Moth?
Location: Visalia, Ca
May 21, 2017 12:07 am
This was flying around under my porch.. It is huge! What is it?
Signature: Thank you, Cynthia

Sphinx Moth Carnage

Dear Cynthia,
This Sphinx Moth, possibly a Carolina Sphinx, is no longer flying and it appears to be covered in an oily substance, perhaps an insecticide, and it appears quite dead, so we are tagging this submission as Unnecessary Carnage.  Porch lights frequently attract insects, and if this troubles you, just turn out the light.

It’s just water. . I wet it so it would be still for a picture with my cell phone.  No harm done.  Flew off 1/2 hour later. Thank you for letting me know what it is.  Wonder how it got to Ca.. Long Way from home. Attached is a pic of it in the house drying off before I let it back out in the night.. No worries, I’m not a murderer…as you see he is almost dry here…

Carolina Sphinx

Thanks for letting us know Cynthia.  We have removed the Unnecessary Carnage tag.  Dried out, we can see this is a Carolina Sphinx.  According to BugGuide, it is found in California.  The Caterpillars, known as Tobacco Hornworms, will feed on the leaves of tomato plants, though Jimsonweed is likely the native food plant.

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Subject: Bugs in yard
Location: Massachusetts
May 19, 2017 3:11 pm
Been trying to identify these bugs in my yars
Signature: Shaun Hose

Lettered Sphinx

Dear Shaun,
With its subtle markings, the Lettered Sphinx,
Deidamia inscriptum, is quite an understated beauty.  According to the Sphingidae of the Americas:  “Males rest with the typical strong curve to the abdomen, …. This is usually one of the earliest Sphingids to fly each season.”  The upward curved abdomen visible in your image indicates your individual is a male of the species.

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Subject: Moth ? I.D. please?
Location: SW Foothills of Colorado
May 18, 2017 8:46 pm
Hi! My granddaughter spotted this beautiful moth in the grass. I’ve never seen one like this before here in CO, and wondered what kind it is.
Signature: Grandma

Salt Marsh Moth

Dear Grandma,
This delicate Tiger Moth is a Salt Marsh Moth,
Estigmene acrea, and according to BugGuide, it can be identified by:  “Adult: forewing white with about 20 small black spots scattered across the disk, and 5 larger black spots spaced along the costa. Males have dark yellow hindwings, those of females are mostly white (with 3 or 4 black blotches in both sexes).”   BugGuide also states the habitat is:  “open wooded areas, meadows, farm fields, weedy waste places, prairie grasslands, and marshes – including salt marshes; adults are nocturnal and come to light” and “Adults fly from May to September. Adults fly year round in Texas”  It is a wide ranging species based on BugGuide data.

Thank you! And thank you for the great website – grand-kids love it!

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Subject: Black mystery moth
Location: London, England
May 19, 2017 3:26 am
Seen in central London. At a distance first thought was a common black peppered moth, but up close it appeared just a bit too consistently glossy-black and its legs aren’t quite what I’d expect? Though granted my knowledge is minimal!
Signature: SJM

Poplar Hawkmoth

Dear SJM,
This impressive moth is a Poplar Hawkmoth,
Laothoe populi, and according to UK Moths:  “Wingspan 65-90 mm.  Probably the commonest of our hawk-moths, it has a strange attitude when at rest, with the hindwings held forward of the forewings, and the abdomen curved upwards at the rear. If disturbed it can flash the hindwings, which have a contrasting rufous patch, normally hidden.  Distributed commonly throughout most of Britain, the adults are on the wing from May to July, when it is a frequent visitor to light.  The larvae feed on poplar (Populus), aspen (P. tremula) and sallow (Salix).”

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