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Subject: Moth Maybe?
Location: South East. GA
April 20, 2017 9:08 pm
I keep seeing these around my house and I’m wondering could you please identify it?
Signature: Tim

Male Luna Moth

Dear Tim,
This is a somewhat tattered, but still very beautiful male Luna Moth.

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Subject: Moths
Location: Cedarpines park California
April 21, 2017 11:22 pm
It was nighttime it was on my house very beautiful
Signature: Tina McClellan

Whitelined Sphinx

Dear Tina,
Your report is the third posting we have created today of a Whitelined Sphinx sighting.

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Subject: White Lined Sphinx Moth?
Location: California
April 21, 2017 11:47 pm
I believe this is a White Lined sphinx, based on pictures I saw, but if there is a species that looks similar to the White Lined, I’d be curious to know what this really is. I also posted this a while back: https://www.whatsthatbug.com/2013/10/21/carolina-sphinx-11/ We used to get these Carolina sphinx moths for a little while before they seemed to stop coming around, and now we are seeing a few of these White Lined sphinx moths. (most likely what this is) Could it be possible that these White Lined sphinx ran the Carolina sphinx out of town?
Signature: Brittany

Whitelined Sphinx

Dear Brittany,
You are correct that this is a Whitelined Sphinx.  We doubt that it has displaced the Carolina Sphinx as the caterpillars have different food sources.  Caterpillars of the Carolina Sphinx, known as Tobacco Hornworms, feed on the leaves of tomato and related plants.  If no one is growing tomato plants near you, you will not have the adult moths nearby.

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Subject: Huge moths
Location: Southern California Santa Monica area near ocean but no lakes or standing water
April 21, 2017 8:23 pm
I get these every now and then they can get very large. They usually land in or near my one light and expire there. Any idea what they are?
Signature: Paul

Whitelined Sphinx

Actually, I ended up digging it up myself. They are apparently some very common species called Sphynx White Stripe Moth or something to that effect. The record I saw says they get big and they are not kidding. You could easily mistake the larger ones for a small bird. Says also they are continent wide in North America but I’ve only ever seen them in Santa Monica. No need to spend your time looking it up but nice service you have.
Paul

Whitelined Sphinxes

Dear Paul,
We are happy to learn you were able to self-identify your Whitelined Sphinx Moths.  They are currently flying in Southern California.  We had four at our porch light in nearby Mount Washington in Los Angeles early this morning, and one day earlier in the week there were seven.  We suspect the wet winter allowed more plant growth to feed the caterpillars, hence more moths have developed and are currently in flight.

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Subject: Strange moth – Alabama 4/19
Location: Alabama (Enterprise)
April 19, 2017 11:58 am
Hello! I found an interesting moth I haven’t been able to identify via various lists. Any ideas? Hope you’re having a great week and thank you for your time!
Signature: Kate

Spotted Apatelodes

Dear Kate,
This unforgettable moth is a Spotted Apatelodes, and according to BugGuide:  “An odd-looking species, easily mistaken for a sphinx moth.”

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Subject: Is it Yponomeutidae?.
Location: Pho Prathap Chang, Pichit, Thailand
April 16, 2017 1:24 am
Hi, I found this little moth in my grandmother’s house on April 14 around 11.00am. – 12.00pm. Location neither southern north nor northen central. I wonder whats its common name is because I very love insects including Lepidoptera. I will share more of moths and butterflies pictures because I caught some catterpillars and pet it and release it in to the nature. sorry for language.
Signature: Focus Tharatorn Neamphan

Tiger Moth: Utetheisa pulchelloides

Dear Focus,
This is NOT an Ermine Moth in the family Yponomeutidae.  It is a Tiger Moth in the genus
Utetheisa, probably Utetheisa pulchelloides which we located on the Farangs Gone Wild site and the Butterfly House site where it states:  “The species occurs widely in the Indo-Australian region, including : Borneo, Cook Islands, New Zealand, Thailand, and much of Australia.”

 

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