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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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Subject: Huge moth!
Location: Durham, North Carolina
June 22, 2017 9:41 am
Hi bugman –
I work in an office that backs up to a wooded area and small pond. We always have the strangest bugs on our landing. I found a giant leopard moth the other day – crazy! We found this guy today – he’s about two and a half inches long.
Signature: SG

Virginia Creeper Sphinx

Dear SG,
This Virginia Creeper Sphinx,
Darapsa myron, is also known as the Hog Sphinx or Grapevine Sphinx according to Sphingidae of the Americas which states that it:  ” is found in Maine south to south Florida; west to North Dakota, Nabraska, New Mexico and Texas.  It also flies in Mexico.”  According to BugGuide, it is “very common; sometimes abundant” and the habitat is listed as “Woodlands and edges near hostplants; adults are nocturnal and attracted to light.”

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Subject: Moth picture
Location: Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia, Canada
June 10, 2017 7:28 am
A friend of ours has a place in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia (opposite the Eastern tip of Prince Edward Island). Here is a picture of the moth. On of our field biologists and Biosphere (Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere Reserve Association) directors identified it as a type of Hawk Moth. But from all of my readings these moths are basically nocturnal yet it came to them in the middle of the day.
Signature: Eliot Frosst

One Eyed Sphinx

Dear Eliot,
This beauty is a One Eyed Sphinx or Cerisy’s Sphinx,
Smerinthus cerisyi, and your image wonderfully illustrates the illusion of a large predator created when the moth flashes the eyespots on its underwings.  According to Sphingidae of the Americas:  ” Here on Prince Edward Island, Cerisy’s Sphinx is one of the earliest Sphingidae (both male and female) to come in to lights, with most appearances occuring [sic] from early June to mid July from 10:00 – 11:30 pm.  When we have an early spring, this moth can be taken as early as mid May.”  We don’t know why this individual was flying during the day.

According to David Harris (at Cape Breton University) these types of moths (he didn’t classify as neatly as you did) in the Springtime seem to get ‘confused’ and will come out during the day.
Eliot Frosst B.Sc.(biology), B.Ed.


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Subject: Moth
Location: Toledo, OH
June 9, 2017 2:31 pm
Hi, found this moth at my mom’s house in the woods of NW Ohio.
Signature: Sam

Small Eyed Sphinx

Dear Sam,
This pretty moth is a Small Eyed Sphinx.  If you disturb it, it will reveal spotted underwings that resemble eyes, an effective defense mechanism against predators like birds who might be startled upon seeing what appears to be the eyes of a larger creature gazing back at them.  You can read more about the Small Eyed Sphinx on the Sphingidae of the Americas site.


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Subject: What exactly is this type of moth
Location: Mason City Iowa
June 18, 2017 5:41 pm
This was in a city park hanging out at the base of the shelter pillar. It was not fond of moving about and needed about a 100 ft runway to get going to fly away. The moth just crawled onto my hand when I put in front of it. It was about 70 degrees in nornthern Iowa at about 5pm with a lightly wooded area as well as nature trails and farm land. The park is on the edge of tow .
Signature: Jarid

Modest Sphinx

Dear Jarid,
You can verify our identification of this Modest Sphinx or Poplar Sphinx,
Pachysphinx modesta, with images posted to the Sphingidae of the Americas site.

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