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Subject: Large moth
Location: La Quinta, Ca (desert)
October 30, 2016 10:17 pm
This moth was in our home last night. This morning it was on the floor by the back door.
I picked it up and put it on the outside wall. He stayed there for a while, even allowing me to touch it.
Finally it flew away.
What is it?
Signature: Laurie

Rustic Sphinx

Rustic Sphinx

Dear Laurie,
This pretty Sphinx Moth or Hawkmoth is a Rustic Sphinx.

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Subject: Bee likely inesct
Location: Vienna, Austria
October 15, 2016 11:18 am
Hello, we found this bug in our apartmen and I have no idea what it could be. First I thought it might be a huge butterfly but it is to fat and to big and the wings are not like butterfly wings. It is about 10 cm big (or even bigger) and it is very voluminous. We found it in the city of Vienna in the season of autumn. I hope you can tell me what it is.
Signature: Marina Haller

Death's Head Hawkmoth

Death’s Head Hawkmoth

Dear Marina,
This is a Death’s Head Hawkmoth,
Acherontia atropos, a species that was featured in the advertisements for the Oscar winning movie Silence of the Lambs.  Our educational responsibilities are taking us away from the office for a few days, so we are post-dating your submission to go live later in the week during our absence.

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Subject: Help with moth identity
Location: Florida, USA
October 13, 2016 7:06 pm
Hello-
I saw this lovely moth on my motor home awning this morning. Looks like the whirlybird seeds that fall from trees.
Location: Holt Florida (panhandle)
Size: 2 1/2″ wingspan X 1 1/2″ body length
Signature: Matt Alexander

Tersa Sphinx

Tersa Sphinx

Dear Matt,
This very aerodynamic moth is a Tersa Sphinx.

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Subject: strange bug that looks like dead leaves
Location: woodbridge, ontario (canada)
October 12, 2016 8:06 am
Hello
In Ontario, Canada
October 12, 2016
Saw this bug resting on wall
What is it??
Signature: Ivana

Pandorus Sphinx

Pandorus Sphinx

Dear Ivana,
This lovely Hawkmoth is a Pandorus Sphinx, and sadly, your image lacks the type of clarity needed to really appreciate the beauty of this species.  Interestingly, we have several images on our site that also use bricks as a nice sense of scale, including this individual from Tennessee and this Pandorus Sphinx from Ohio sighted during National Moth Week in 2013.

Hello Daniel.  Thank you for your reply
I did not want to frighten it yesterday so did not approach closely.  It is still resting in the same spot this morning.  I approached closer and took this picture for you
My concern is the colder weather.   Will this hawkmoth survive?

Pandorus Sphinx

Pandorus Sphinx

Hi Ivana,
Thanks for sending a higher quality image.  Hawkmoths are relatively long lived, for moths, but we are speculating six weeks would constitute a long life for a Hawkmoth.  Insects are amazingly resilient to fluctuations in weather, but we imagine by the time winter sets in, the life of this individual will have ended.

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Subject: Strange moth in Louisiana
Location: Belle Chasse, LA
October 10, 2016 12:39 pm
Dear Bugman,
We found this moth on our deck in southern Louisiana. I have no idea what it is. Can you help identify it?
Thank you!
Signature: Samantha Gobba

Mournful Sphinx

Mournful Sphinx

Dear Samantha,
This distinctively shaped moth is a Mournful Sphinx,
Enyo lugubris.

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Subject: Aggressive Moth?
Location: West Los Angeles
October 8, 2016 6:02 pm
Hi Bugman,
I thought this was just a large moth, but when I got close to touching it, it spread it’s wings and arched it’s back. As I got closer to take the pictures. it arched it’s back more as if it were telling me to stay away.
Can you identify it?
Thx,
Signature: Jeff Bremer

Carolina Sphinx

Carolina Sphinx

Dear Jeff,
This is one of two species in the genus
Manduca, either the Carolina Sphinx (see BugGuide) or the Five Spotted Hawkmoth (see BugGuide), and as far as you are concerned, we suspect the exact species is not critical.  We believe it is the Carolina Sphinx.  Both have caterpillars that feed on the leaves of tomato plants and other related plants in the nightshade family, including pepper and eggplant which are cultivated, and plants like deadly nightshade and jimsonweed that are native plants that are toxic to humans.  Neither Manduca species is a threat to humans, unless a moth flies in the face of someone driving a vehicle or climbing a ladder, potentially causing a serious accident by startling that human into wrecking the vehicle or falling off the ladder.  Adult moths are not capable of biting.

Carolina Sphinx

Carolina Sphinx

 

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