Subject: Moths
Location: Cedarpines park California
April 21, 2017 11:22 pm
It was nighttime it was on my house very beautiful
Signature: Tina McClellan

Whitelined Sphinx

Dear Tina,
Your report is the third posting we have created today of a Whitelined Sphinx sighting.

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Subject: White Lined Sphinx Moth?
Location: California
April 21, 2017 11:47 pm
I believe this is a White Lined sphinx, based on pictures I saw, but if there is a species that looks similar to the White Lined, I’d be curious to know what this really is. I also posted this a while back: We used to get these Carolina sphinx moths for a little while before they seemed to stop coming around, and now we are seeing a few of these White Lined sphinx moths. (most likely what this is) Could it be possible that these White Lined sphinx ran the Carolina sphinx out of town?
Signature: Brittany

Whitelined Sphinx

Dear Brittany,
You are correct that this is a Whitelined Sphinx.  We doubt that it has displaced the Carolina Sphinx as the caterpillars have different food sources.  Caterpillars of the Carolina Sphinx, known as Tobacco Hornworms, feed on the leaves of tomato and related plants.  If no one is growing tomato plants near you, you will not have the adult moths nearby.

Subject: Huge moths
Location: Southern California Santa Monica area near ocean but no lakes or standing water
April 21, 2017 8:23 pm
I get these every now and then they can get very large. They usually land in or near my one light and expire there. Any idea what they are?
Signature: Paul

Whitelined Sphinx

Actually, I ended up digging it up myself. They are apparently some very common species called Sphynx White Stripe Moth or something to that effect. The record I saw says they get big and they are not kidding. You could easily mistake the larger ones for a small bird. Says also they are continent wide in North America but I’ve only ever seen them in Santa Monica. No need to spend your time looking it up but nice service you have.

Whitelined Sphinxes

Dear Paul,
We are happy to learn you were able to self-identify your Whitelined Sphinx Moths.  They are currently flying in Southern California.  We had four at our porch light in nearby Mount Washington in Los Angeles early this morning, and one day earlier in the week there were seven.  We suspect the wet winter allowed more plant growth to feed the caterpillars, hence more moths have developed and are currently in flight.

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Subject: Please help me identify this bug
Location: Southampton, UK
April 20, 2017 2:53 am
Hi Bugman!
Love your site, great idea! I am hoping you can identify a bug for me… This was spotted in South of UK over the Easter Weekend (16th April), it seemed to have a long proboscis!
Can you help?
Signature: Will

Greater Bee Fly

Dear Will,
The Greater Bee Fly,
Bombylius major, is found in Europe as well as in North America.  It is a harmless species that helps to pollinate flowers.  According to Wildlife Watch:  “The larvae are nest parasites of ground-nesting bees, feeding on the bee grubs.”

Wow! What amazing service, thanks Bugman! 🙂
A really interesting fly then – looks like it mimics a bee but is really a fly…

Subject: Strange moth – Alabama 4/19
Location: Alabama (Enterprise)
April 19, 2017 11:58 am
Hello! I found an interesting moth I haven’t been able to identify via various lists. Any ideas? Hope you’re having a great week and thank you for your time!
Signature: Kate

Spotted Apatelodes

Dear Kate,
This unforgettable moth is a Spotted Apatelodes, and according to BugGuide:  “An odd-looking species, easily mistaken for a sphinx moth.”

Subject: 50 of the came out of nowhere
Location: Delaware Ohio 43015
April 19, 2017 6:40 pm
We have lived here for 17 years and have never witnessed this before. One late afternoon mid April in Central Ohio our detached garage started to buzz. There were at least 50 of these mating. What are they and are they dangerous. We have small children and pets. Very concerned. Thank you,
Signature: Thank you Ryan Boyer

Mating Hickory Borers

Dear Ryan,
Was there a pile of firewood in or near your garage?  Because of their spring appearance, we know these are Hickory Borers and not the very similar looking and closely related Locust Borers that usually appear in the fall when the goldenrod is blooming.  Neither species is dangerous, but both mimic stinging YellowJackets for protection.  While not dangerous, Hickory Borers have strong mandibles that might deliver a painful nip if carelessly handled.  Larvae of Hickory Borers are wood borers, and according to BugGuide:  “larvae mine newly dead hickory, and sometimes other hardwoods.”