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Subject:  I have never seen anything like this
Geographic location of the bug:  Clifford o tario
Date: 08/13/2018
Time: 07:50 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I was sitting on the deck and this flying insect was at my petunias could you please tell me what it is?
How you want your letter signed:  Marlyn wein

Hummingbird Clearwing

Dear Marlyn,
We started our research by verifying your location, which we were guessing might be somewhere in Ireland, and we felt pretty foolish when we eventually realized you failed to capitalize the “O” and you dropped the “n”.  This is a diurnal Sphinx Moth in the genus
Hemaris.  Four members of the genus are reported in “o tario” on Sphingidae of the Americas, and our best guess is that this is the Hummingbird Clearwing, Hemaris thysbe.  According to Sphingidae of the Americas:  “readily visits flowers by day throughout the eastern half of the U.S. and Canada, where it ranges far to the north, … It is not difficult to see why many gardeners would mistake an Hemaris thysbe moth for a small hummingbird as it hovers, sipping nectar from flowers through a long feeding tube.  The moth hovers briefly, sipping for only a few seconds before darting off to a new flower. Green body ‘fur’ and burgundy wing scales suggest a small ruby throated hummingbird.  Adults can be quite variable.

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Subject:  What’s that bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Pocono Mountains, PA
Date: 08/06/2018
Time: 08:16 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Photo taken on a hot, humid summer day. Bug likes flowers, particularly petunias, and moves somewhat like a hummingbird.
How you want your letter signed:  A flower lover

Hummingbird Clearwing

Dear flower lover,
This is one of the diurnal Sphinx Moths in the genus
Hemaris, and we believe it is most likely the Hummingbird Clearwing, Hemaris thysbe, which you can read about on Sphingidae of the Americas.

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Subject:  Moth??
Geographic location of the bug:  Saranac Michigan
Date: 08/02/2018
Time: 10:53 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Can you tell me what this is?
How you want your letter signed:  Whitney

Small Eyed Sphinx

Dear Whitney,
Your moth is a Small Eyed Sphinx, and according to Sphingidae of the Americas it:  “ranges from south eastern Canada to Florida westward almost to the Pacific Coast.”  The small eyes referred to in the name correspond to eyespots on the underwings that can startle a predator like a bird into thinking it has startled a large predator when the moth reveals the “eyes.”

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Subject:  Sphinx Moth?
Geographic location of the bug:  Central Mississippi
Date: 07/30/2018
Time: 10:47 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Please help me and the kids identify this moth!  Possibly a Pandorus Sphinx?
Thanks!
How you want your letter signed:  Scott

Pandorus Sphinx

Dear Scott,
You are absolutely correct.  This beautiful moth is a Pandorus Sphinx.

Dan,
Thank you so much for the very fast response!  What a beautiful and fascinating creature this is!!
Sincerely,
Scott
Brandon, Mississippi

 

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Subject:  Vermont nighttime visitor
Geographic location of the bug:  Waitsfield Vermont
Date: 07/29/2018
Time: 11:05 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We found this guy waiting for us on our porch at 10 PM yesterday. Porch light was on but the bug was just sitting on a cushion. Gone in the morning.
How you want your letter signed:  CL

Bedstraw Hawkmoth

Dear CL,
We suspect this Bedstraw Hawkmoth,
Hyles gallii, was attracted to the porch light.  According to Sphingidae of the Americas:  “Hyles gallii ranges coast to coast in Canada (into the Yukon) and southward along the Rocky Mountains into Mexico. It is also widely distributed throughout Europe and Asia.”

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Subject:  Moth ID
Geographic location of the bug:  Medina Ohio 44256
Date: 07/25/2018
Time: 05:18 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Have never seen one of these before.
How you want your letter signed:  Matt Richardson

Pandorus Sphinx

Dear Matt,
This striking moth is an Pandorus Sphinx, and according to BugGuide:  “Larvae feed on leaves of peppervine (
Ampelopsis spp.), grape (Vitis spp.), and Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia).”

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