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Subject: Please help me identify this monster moth
Location: Brisbane, Australia in autumn
April 19, 2016 12:26 am
Hi bugman,
I finished work the other day and stumbled upon this moth on a stair. I was wondering if you could please help me identify it as I have never seen an insect quite so large in my life.
P.s. If this is an undiscovered species I would like it to be called the Margotmoth
Signature: Sincerely Margot, aka the founder of the Margotmoth

Hawkmoth: Coequosa australasiae

Hawkmoth: Coequosa australasiae

Dear Margot,
First we do not have the authority to name newly discovered species.  There is a lengthy process for determining a name.  Your moth is not new to science, nor to our website.  Your Hawkmoth is
Coequosa australasiae.  You may read more about the species on Butterfly House.

Hawkmoth from Australia

Hawkmoth from Australia

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Subject: Possible Sphinx Moth
Location: Pensacola, FL
April 10, 2016 7:19 pm
Last night my husband and I were in the garage when we saw this guy on the ceiling. After doing some Internet searching I came to the conclusion that this may be a Sphinx Moth. And he is still hanging out in our garage this evening. If it is a sphinx moth I would like to know what type and any other info about this guy. So, any ideas?
Signature: Bridget

Tersa Sphinx

Tersa Sphinx

Dear Bridget,
You are quite correct that this is a Sphinx Moth.  More specifically, it is a Tersa Sphinx, a species common in Florida.

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Subject: Moth
Location: Lancaster CA
April 10, 2016 12:48 pm
Hello
Is this a carpenter worm moth?
Signature: Lesley

Northern Ash Sphinx, we believe

Northern Ash Sphinx

Dear Lesley,
Though it resembles the Australian Wood Moths, this is actually a Sphinx Moth or Hawkmoth in the family Sphingidae.  We believe it is the Northern Ash Sphinx or Great Ash Sphinx,
Sphinx chersis, which is profiled on the Sphingidae of the Americas site, but there are several other similar looking members of the genus Sphinx pictured on the website’s California page, and we would not rule them out.  We will contact Bill Oehlke to see if we can get a definitive identification from him.

Bill Oehlke concurs
Daniel,
Sphinx chersis, possibly an aberration or less commonly seen form. Lines on thorax and wings seem especially thick, checkered fringes are missing and some other features are reduced in their contrast to rest of wing. I had to look at it carefully. It probably has not flown yet.
Bill Oehlke

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Subject: Moth
Location: Macon, Ga
March 19, 2016 6:05 am
My friend took this picture last night, March 18, 2016, around 10 pm on her kitchen window in east Macon, GA across the street from Ocmulgee National Monument. I told her I thought that it had recently hatched so not fully extended.
Can you tell what kind of moth this is?
Thanks so much.
Bty it was taken with a Nikon Coolpix P530.
Signature: Barbara Edwards

Small Eyed Sphinx

Small Eyed Sphinx

Dear Barbara,
This gorgeous moth is a Small Eyed Sphinx,
Paonias myops, and according to the Sphingidae of the Americas site:  “Small-eyed Sphinx females call in the night flying males with an airbourne pheromone emitted from a gland at the posterior of the abdomen.  Both sexes rest with wings parallel to the resting surface, with the upper lobes of the hindwings protruding above the forewings.  The lower abdomen of the male (right) arcs upward toward the head, while the abdomen of the female hangs strait down on a vertical surface.”  This moth being presumably attracted to a light in the window, and the position of the abdomen indicates your individual is a male.

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Subject: Sphinx Moth
Location: Fort Myers, FL
February 22, 2016 7:47 am
Found this moth at 9:30AM on February 22, 2016. Believe it is a sphinx moth per posts. Wanted to share for your records.
Signature: JP

Fig Sphinx

Fig Sphinx

Dear JP,
Your Sphinx Moth is a Fig Sphinx,
Pachylia ficus.  According to BugGuide, there are:  “Several flights throughout the year in the tropics, peninsular Florida, and South Texas.”

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Subject: Identify this moth like giant insect
Location: Tamil nadu INDIA
February 10, 2016 12:52 am
Please find the insects details . i found it in my apartments in INDIA
Signature: Vishal

Oleander Hawkmoth

Oleander Hawkmoth

Dear Vishal,
This beautiful moth is the wide ranging Oleander Hawkmoth.

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