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Subject:  what moth is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  nea makri, attiki, greece
Date: 02/10/2019
Time: 08:21 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  hello i found this moth outside my house it looks like tersa sphinx but not quite do you happen to know what is it? also  (though i have no photos amd i understand if you cant answer that) around 2010 some black spiders had appeared(havent seen any ever since), they were hairy(a little bit, nothing like tarantulas), about 10 cm, with fat legs(but still not as fat as tarantulas) do you happen to understand what kind they were?  thank you very much 🙂
How you want your letter signed:  Maria

Levant Hawkmoth

Dear Maria,
Though it resembles the North American Tersa Sphinx, we believe your individual is a Levant Hawkmoth,
Theretra alecto, based on images posted to Moths and Butterflies of Europe and North Africa.  According to Sphingidae of the Eastern Palaearctic:  “Occurs in areas where grapes are grown. Little is known about the behaviour of this species except that it is attracted to flowers and light.”  Your black hairy spiders might have been endangered Ladybird Spiders.

Levant Hawkmoth

thank you very very much for your answer. yes i saw about levant and i think its the one. im sorry i dont have photos of the spider. back in 2010 we didnt have such good phones to take accurate photos in the dark :/ unfortunately the one i saw was much bigger like a palm of a hand. maybe some spiders someone left loose? maybe thats the reason noone have seen one again ever since.. but no matter what thank you so much for your response have a good day 🙂

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Subject:  What type of bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Israel
Date: 02/05/2019
Time: 02:12 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found a bug and am curious what species it is.
How you want your letter signed:  To you

Oleander Hawkmoth

This beautiful moth is an Oleander Hawkmoth, a species that has expanded its range to many warm areas where oleander, a larval food, is grown as a decorative garden plant.

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Subject:  Moth/butterfly?
Geographic location of the bug:  Punta Gorda FL 33950
Date: 11/26/2018
Time: 08:56 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This was on our lanai. Body looks like a stick. The wings look like wood. The legs were white and completely blended into the wall paint color. Was about 1- 2 inches long. Very cool.
How you want your letter signed:  Just curious

Tersa Sphinx

Dear Just Curious,
This is a Tersa Sphinx, a moth in the family Sphingidae.

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Subject:  What insect is this??
Geographic location of the bug:  India
Date: 11/07/2018
Time: 04:33 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  It has a texture like wood and is a flying insect.. It is there at the same place since 5 hours and hadn’t move an inch..
How you want your letter signed:  Dhruv

Hawkmoth

Dear Dhruv,
This is a Sphinx Moth or Hawkmoth in the family Sphingidae, but we are not certain of the species.  Many Hawkmoths have brightly colored underwings that are hidden by brown or gray wings that act as good camouflage if the moth alights on a tree trunk.

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Subject:  we’ve named him ricardo….
Geographic location of the bug:  central texas
Date: 10/16/2018
Time: 11:07 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  this guy has been hanging out recently and we have admired him. can you tell me what type of moth this is?
How you want your letter signed:  aggie moth watcher

Tersa Sphinx

Dear aggie moth watcher,
Ricardo is a Tersa Sphinx.

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Subject:  Lime Hawk Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Just outside Philadelphia
Date: 10/02/2018
Time: 09:49 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We found this moth on our garage today. We looked it up and we think it might be a Lime Hawk Moth but they are not from Pennsylvania so we’re not sure how it got here. We live just outside Philadelphia.
How you want your letter signed:  Leslie

Pandorus Sphinx

Dear Leslie,
This is a Pandorus Sphinx, a native species for you, not a European Lime Hawk Moth.  Many years ago, we posted an image of a Lime Hawk Moth found in Pennsylvania, but that appears to have been an isolated sighting.

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