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Subject:  Flying large bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Phoenix az
Date: 04/02/2019
Time: 10:40 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What is this?
How you want your letter signed:  Honi

Whitelined Sphinx

Dear Honi,
This is a Whitelined Sphinx Moth, and they are currently flying in Southern California since there are three resting on the front door of the WTB? offices.  Significant rainfall in the southwest this winter resulted in “super blooms” in many desert areas, and the increase in vegetation also resulted in more food for caterpillars and moths.  We have yet to receive any reports of large numbers of Whitelined Sphinx Caterpillars this year, though we suspect we will receive such reports before long.  Some years the Whitelined Sphinx Moths are quite plentiful, and we suspect this will be one of those years.

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Subject:  Need to know
Geographic location of the bug:  Gettysburg, PA
Date: 04/02/2019
Time: 12:54 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Curious what this is?
How you want your letter signed:  Dee

Virginia Creeper Sphinx

Dear Dee,
Is this a current sighting or was this image taken previously?  This is a Virginia Creeper Sphinx, and based on BugGuide data, the earliest reported sightings in Pennsylvania occur in May, so an early April sighting seems quite unusual.  You can find additional information on Sphingidae of the Americas.

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Subject:  What type of moth is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia
Date: 02/20/2019
Time: 03:10 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  My niece found this interesting specimen in her garden today. Can you help,to identify it?
How you want your letter signed:  Best regards, Nancy Viscofsky

Oleander Hawkmoth

Dear Nancy,
This beautiful moth is an Oleander Hawkmoth.  The caterpillars feed on the leaves of oleander, a plant commonly grown in gardens and used in landscaping.

Thank you Daniel, I will pass this information to my niece. It is very kind of you to respond to my query.
Best regards,
Nancy

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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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