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Subject:  Identify moth?
Geographic location of the bug:  DEERFIELD BEACH FLORIDA
Date: 10/14/2019
Time: 01:41 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  this moth? Is hanging from my back porch screen. We live on a canal close to Intercoastal waterway in south Florida
How you want your letter signed:  Vicki

Banded Sphinx

Dear Vicki,
Based on images and information on Sphingidae of the Americas, we are confident this is a Banded Sphinx.

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Subject:  What kind of moth/butterfly ?
Geographic location of the bug:  Cuba, Cayo Coco
Date: 10/08/2019
Time: 12:16 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, I’ve searched as much as possible but I really cannot find anything on this kind of moth. It doesn’t look like it has antennas so I would assume it’s more of a moth than a butterfly. It has a very specific wings shaped like the “helicopter seed” and they really looks like leaves, a nice camouflage. It was found hanging on a wall, early afternoon on the island of Cuba at the start of October.
How you want your letter signed:  Phil

Streaked Sphinx

Dear Phil,
This is a Streaked Sphinx,
Protambulyx strigilis, and we identified it on Sphingidae of the Americas where it states that it:  “flies in tropical and subtropical lowlands from Florida and throughout Central America.”

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Subject:  Huge moths
Geographic location of the bug:  Brookfield Illinois USA
Date: 09/04/2019
Time: 04:12 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Encountered this beauty on a sidewalk today. Wings appear hollow … is it just illusion?
How you want your letter signed:  Chris

Achemon Sphinx

Dear Chris,
This is an Achemon Sphinx, and you may read more about it on Sphingidae of the Americas.  The markings on the wings and the camera angle have created the illusion that the forewings are rolled, but they are actually quite flat.

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Subject:  Please ID this moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Canoga Park, CA, USA
Date: 08/14/2019
Time: 01:16 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello, I found this large grey moth on the sidewalk while going to work. It was about the size of a small human hand.
How you want your letter signed:  Joshua Kleinberg

Great Ash Sphinx

Dear Joshua,
This is a Sphinx Moth or Hawkmoth in the family Sphingidae, and we believe it is a Great Ash Sphinx which is pictured on Sphingidae of the Americas.

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Subject:  Big Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Carlsbad, California
Date: 08/13/2019
Time: 11:22 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this large moth outside my workplace. It made me think of the peppered moths I read about in high school, but I don’t know if they’d be found in Southern California
How you want your letter signed:  Thomas

Rustic Sphinx

Dear Thomas,
We don’t know what “peppered moths” are, but this is a Rustic Sphinx.

Rustic Sphinx

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Subject:  What’s that Moth?
Geographic location of the bug:  Northern Indiana
Date: 08/11/2019
Time: 09:36 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Can you tell me what this moth is? We have looked around at many options but can’t quite place it. Might be a Catalpa or a Northern Pine?
How you want your letter signed:  Joshua

Waved Sphinx

Dear Joshua,
We actually believe this is a Waved Sphinx,
Ceratomia undulosa, which is in the same genus as the Catalpa Sphinx.  See images on Sphingidae of the Americas.  We will attempt to contact Bill Oehlke for confirmation.

Waved Sphinx

Thank you for such a quick response! We were definitely curious and several of us were searching the web for photos to identify. Thanks for the link to the specific page as well!
Sincerely,
Joshua~

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