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Subject:  Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Temecula, CA
Date: 02/08/2018
Time: 09:29 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found in the kitchen this am! Please ID. Thank you.
How you want your letter signed:  Evelyn Wolfer

Whitelined Sphinx

Dear Evelyn,
This is a Whitelined Sphinx or Striped Morning Sphinx, probably the most common large Southern California moth.  We have found as many as eight attracted to our porch light on one night.  Earlier this week, we had our first Whitelined Sphinx of the year on the screen door early in the morning.

Wow – thank you for such a fast reply. You are the best!

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Subject:  Cruise ship moth
Geographic location of the bug:  At sea near Cozumel, Mexico
Date: 01/13/2018
Time: 10:34 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I was on a week long cruise that left Cape Canaveral, Florida traveling to Haiti, Jamaica, and Cozumel. It was our last day at sea and we were heading back towards Florida. We found this moth clinging to the top deck of the ship because it was a very windy day. We coaxed it into a cup and transported it to a lower level open atrium that had many live plants. We figured it could fly away when we got to port or stay and go on another vacation. What type of moth is this?  Was it originally from Florida taking a holiday or a new passenger from one of our destinations?
How you want your letter signed:  Brian Norton

Fig Sphinx

Dear Brian,
This is a Fig Sphinx, and it might have stowed away in Florida, or come aboard in Mexico or the Caribbean, or even because Sphinx Moths are such strong fliers, been picked up at sea.  According to Sphingidae of the Americas, the Fig Sphinx is found in South America to Argentina as well as ” through Central America: Panama to Mexico: Quintana Roo (BT) probalby [sic] throughout Mexico, and the West Indies to Florida, southern Texas, and southern Arizona.  It occasionally strays as far north as Indiana and Pennsylvania.”

 

Fig Sphinx

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Subject:  A beautiful bug
Geographic location of the bug:  In an open grass field/tropical country
Date: 01/11/2018
Time: 09:56 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi. I just want to know what kind of insect in the attached photo is. I accidentally touched it and flew to our table. The back of our house is an open field with grass, trees.
I hope for your response. Thank you in advance.
How you want your letter signed:  eybi

Oleander Hawkmoth

Dear eybi,
While it is possible to be even more vague about the “Geographic location of the bug,” we rarely encounter that situation.  We agree your Oleander Hawkmoth is beautiful.  Because it has been introduced to Hawaii, the Oleander Hawkmoth is included in Sphingidae of the Americas where it states:  ” The Oleander Hawk Moth,
Deilephila nerii or Daphnis nerii, (Wing span: 90–110mm) is primarily associated with “the southern Mediterranean region, North Africa and the Middle East to Afghanistan (Ebert, 1969).”  Since the caterpillar feeds on the leaves of oleander, and since oleander is widely cultivated in gardens where the climate is appropriate, the range of the Oleander Hawkmoth has increased.  We get numerous submissions from India as well.

 

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Subject:  A beautiful flying bug with mixed texture of colours on whole feathers and body
Geographic location of the bug:  India
Date: 01/06/2018
Time: 03:51 AM EDT
Please can anyone identify the bug…is it dangerous or not
How you want your letter signed:  Not really required

Oleander Hawkmoth

This gorgeous moth is an Oleander Hawkmoth, a species native to Asia that has been introduced to many other locations where oleander, the food plant for the caterpillar, is cultivated in gardens, including Hawaii.

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Subject:  Sphinx Moth?
Geographic location of the bug:  Hialeah Florida
Date: 12/05/2017
Time: 10:23 PM EDT
Dec. 5, 2017 a large (body more than an inch long) critter flew lazily past me and landed on a bush. It was so mellow it walked onto my hand and let me guide it to the top of the bush to have a better photo opportunity.
I tried to ID it and the closest thing I found was a sphinx moth, so maybe it’s in that general area?
How you want your letter signed:  Hialeah Marian

Tersa Sphinx

Dear Hialeah Marian,
This is indeed a Sphinx Moth in the family Sphingidae.  More specifically, it is a Tersa Sphinx.

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Subject:  Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Katy,  Texas
Date: 12/03/2017
Time: 12:00 PM EDT
Cool looking moth on my house
How you want your letter signed:  Chris

Mournful Sphinx

Dear Chris,
Your submission is not the first one we have received of Mournful Sphinx moths from Katy, Texas.

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