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Subject: Unidentified Moth
Location: Allegan, MI
June 28, 2017 9:52 am
Found on wood outside my office building near a river – camouflaged well with the wood.
Signature: Ani

Laurel Sphinx

Dear Ani,
This is a Laurel Sphinx,
Sphinx kalmiae, and it is very well camouflaged against that wooden wall.  According to Sphingidae of the Americas:  ” In Canada, Sphinx kalmiae is single-brooded with most adults on the wing in June and July.  In New Jersey and Connecticut and states of that latitude, the Laurel Sphinx is double-brooded (late May-June flight and then again in July-August).  There are as many as six broods in Louisiana with the first brood appearing in early to mid April.”

Laurel Sphinx

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Subject: moth id
Location: middle tennessee
June 27, 2017 1:48 pm
found these on my porch. thought they were interesting. would like to know what they are. I have searched, but can’t find exact matches.
Signature: sequoia

Male Io Moth

Dear Sequoia,
Both of your moths are in the Giant Silkmoth Family Saturniidae.  The larger, yellow individual is a male Io Moth and if disturbed, he will display impressive eyespots on his underwings.  The smaller orange individual is an Oakworm Moth in the genus

Oakworm Moth

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Subject: Moth
Location: Texas
June 27, 2017 8:11 pm
Found this little guy in the elevator lobby of my apartment. He seemed sick, so I moved him back outside, poor lil guy. Any idea what kind he is? He’s about an inch or so long. Also, what’s the best thing to do for a moth that’s looking worse for wear? I spilled a little water out for him, but he didn’t seem to want it.
Signature: Moth friend

Virginia Creeper Sphinx

Dear Moth friend,
This sure looks like a Virginia Creeper Sphinx or Hog Sphinx,
Darapsa myron, to us, and you can verify our identification by comparing your image to images on BugGuide and Sphingidae of the Americas.  Sphinx Moths are relatively long lived as moths go, and the tattered appearance of the wings indicates that this individual may have been flying for a month or more.

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Subject: Was this a black witch?
Location: Southeast Denver, Colorado
June 27, 2017 8:12 pm
Dear Bugman,
I saw this fly across my backyard today in broad daylight (I thought it was a bird flying a little bit wacky), and then it somehow found its way into my garage. Its wingspan was easily over 6 inches and it was very dark, almost black. I think it was a male black witch because I could see eye-like patterns at the top of its wings and swirly patterns at the base of its wings. It finally flew out of the garage a couple hours later, thank goodness- I didn’t want this majestic creature to meet its end in a dumb garage!
What do you think?
Signature: Cindy F

Male Black Witch

Hi Cindy,
You are correct that this is a male Black Witch.  They often seek out protected areas in which to rest, and your garage worked nicely.

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Subject: Is this a Shpinx Fasciata?
Location: Joshua Tree Park, CA. USA. Skull Rock, Park BLVD
June 10, 2017 9:08 am
I made this picture April 26, 2017 in Joshua Tree Park, California.
I searched the internet but I’m not shure this is a Sphinx Fasciata.
R. Janssen
The Netherlands
Signature: Richard

Whitelined Sphinx

Dear Richard,
The Whitelined Sphinx is a common species in the desert, but it is not limited to a desert habitat.  This moth is found throughout North America.

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Subject: Moth from Indiana?
Location: Indiana/Michigan
June 26, 2017 8:08 am
Hello, I have been seeking answers as to what kind of moth this is for the last three days, with no avail. Could you help? Thank you!
PS it’s 2 inches long about.
Signature: NLH

Titan Sphinx

Dear NLH,
Though the writing on your mounting board indicates Red Admiral, we believe this is a Titan Sphinx or White Banded Day Sphinx,
Aellopos titan, which we identified thanks to images posted to BugGuide where it states:  “Established in Florida Keys and deep southern U.S. Strays north to Maine and North Dakota.”   According to Sphingidae of the Americas:  “The sighting in Michigan in late June is quite a surprise, although with all the turbulent weather being experienced in North America, strong winds may have assisted a very early arrival so far north.”  Are you able to explain why the exact location, Indiana versus Michigan, is unknown?

Thank you, the reason I put Michigan/Indiana is because I was trying to help my friend identify this moth, and I believe he was around the border of the states when he caught it. It was around Lake Michigan, and I wasn’t exactly sure if it was caught in Michigan or Indiana.

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