Currently viewing the category: "Hummingbird Moths, Sphinx Moths or Hawk Moths"

Subject:  What is this bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Eastern Pennsylvania
Date: 06/27/2021
Time: 07:15 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What is this
How you want your letter signed:  Thank you

Virginia Creeper Sphinx

This is a Virginia Creeper Sphinx, Darapsa myron, and you can compare your individual to this BugGuide image. 

Subject:  Is this a Blinded Sphinx Moth?
Geographic location of the bug:  Western PA
Date: 06/05/2021
Time: 05:58 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi.  This guy has been hanging out on our garage for a couple days.  I think it is a Sphinx moth – specifically a Blinded Sphinx moth. Am I correct?
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks, Cheryl

Small Eyed Sphinx

Dear Cheryl,
This is a Small Eyed Sphinx, not a Blinded Sphinx.  The two moths are in the same genus, so they are closely related and share physical characteristics.

Subject:  Strange insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Columbus Ohio
Date: 06/25/2021
Time: 12:47 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this insect on the wall of my front porch. I’ve done a Google image search but can’t find anything like it. Can you help me identify it?
How you want your letter signed:  Linda

Small Eyed Sphinx

Dear Linda,
This aerodynamic moth is a Small Eyed Sphinx,
Paonias myops.  Here is a posting from BugGuide.  According to Sphingidae of the United States of America:  ” Males and females of this species look identical, but differ in size slightly. Females tend to be a bit larger and heavier.”

Small Eyed Sphinx

Subject:  Sphinx Moth ? Maybe ??
Geographic location of the bug:  Titusville Florida
Date: 05/05/2021
Time: 06:20 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Photos of a gorgeous moth I think might be a Sphinx Moth
Rescued from a bully in a fast food drive thru hahaha
I sent a previous comment telling the story:  “I spotted a sphinx moth in titusville florida today may 6 2021. It was on a drive thru sign under the florescent lights.  I was waiting my turn to pay and saw that the driver of the car in line behind me, he was saw it too and seemed to be trying to kill the moth by try by swinging a old paper at it, reaching out their car window…
So I said Hey! Don’t do that, it isn’t harming you! And then I drove back around and got it off the post and relocated it to a nearby tree.  I have pictures I can share if you wish.”
I just couldn’t let it be killed for no reason at all so I put it on a nearby tree
( It was approximately 530am so I think it can get itself hidden before the birds get woken up & and the birds go looking for bugs to eat )
How you want your letter signed:  Tee Holden

Rescued Streaked Sphinx

Dear Tee,
We love your story and we pasted together your comment and your submission so our readers have have the entire story of how you saved this Streaked Sphinx from a bully at a drive through.  Because of your heroism, we are awarding you the Bug Humanitarian Award for the first time in well over a year and a half.  May we just add that the color scheme on your images is awesome.  It has been even longer that we have tagged a posting as a Buggy Accessory, but the moth and your purple nail polish is a fetching combination. And just because we can, we are also displaying your posting on our scrolling feature bar.

Streaked Sphinx

Awesome, thank you so much!
I was very glad to see that big beautiful Moth
And to be able to stop a bully from killing it was even better
Toniette Holden

Subject:  Streaked Sphinx Moth?
Geographic location of the bug:  Sarasota FL
Date: 04/11/2021
Time: 11:37 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I think this is a Streaked Sphinx Moth.
How you want your letter signed:  Steven T.

Streaked Sphinx

Dear Steven,
You are correct that this is a Streaked Sphinx, a species that appears to be more common in Florida in recent years.  According to Butterflies and Moths of North America:  “Flight: July in Florida” which makes your individual a bit early.

Subject:  Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Chester,CT
Date: 07/05/2020
Time: 11:38 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I saw this beautiful moth when I was out walking last week.  I am not sure the exact name of this bug, hoping you can help!
How you want your letter signed:  Heather S.

Pandorus Sphinx

Dear Heather,
This beauty is a Pandorus Sphinx, and according to iNaturalist:  “Female adults lay translucent eggs singly on leaves of the host plant, mainly
Vitis (grapes), and Parthenocissus (Virginia creeper). Caterpillars are large, green or red with a swollen third thorax segment into which the head and first two thoractic segments can be drawn. The abdomen has a small white spot on the second segment, and big white oval spots the last five spiracles. They also have the characteristic “horn” at the end of the abdomen, until it is replaced by a button in its last instar. Larvae consume copious amounts of foliage, and when they are ready they climb down their host plant and burrow underground, where they pupate. The pupa is dark brown in color, quite slender, and has a long cremaster. There the pupa will remain for either a couple of weeks or a couple of months, depending on the generation. When the pupa is ready, it wiggles to the surface just prior to eclosion. The newly emerged adults then climb on a plant or some other surface, and pump fluid into their wings to extend them. Females emit pheromones at night, and males fly into the wind to pick up and track the pheromone plume. “