white and black moth with orange body (Colona moth)
about 1 1/2 to 2 inches in length, white and black striped moth with orange body.
black white moth (Nessus Sphinx)
We caught this at our Oriole feeder, it appears to be a black moth, two white rings around it's lower body
Large moth with brown camo design (Great Tiger Moth)
For a sense of scale
The picture below will show this beauty much better than any description. I found him/her sitting on the windowsill in the spare bedroom here at my grandmother's house in Camas, WA. I watch moths all the time, but have NEVER seen this kind before! I'd love to know what he or she is!
patterned moth butterfly (Vine sphinx moth)
by Lisa K. Marquez
(Fort Worth, TX)
Found this on my trash can.. just beautiful; Please can someone tell me what this is.
yellow with blue and orange butterfly (Canadian Tiger swallowtail)
by brinda hunt
(sarnia ont ca)
i was out taking pix an come across this butterfly
moth on mint flower (Gray hairstreak butterfly)
Moth or butterfly? This was on a mint plant's flower, and stayed still for so long while I ran to get the camera and took pictures. I'm sure he's something ridiculously common, but I can't find a picture anywhere!
Butterfly or moth? (Common Wood-nymph butterfly)
Found on my back porch one morning. Tried to find online, but couldn't. Would appreciate some help. Thanks.
moth with claws (Slug Caterpillar moth)
(mt pocono, pa, usa)
moth that has 2 claws
Orange insect w/ black and white markings (Ailanthus Webworm Moth)
by Colleen Smith
(Almont, MI USA)
I live in southeast Mishigan and saw this beetle (?) crawling on my milkweed and butterflyweed flowers. He was about an inch long. I spend a lot of time in my butterfly garden snapping pics and have never seen this little guy before!
Brown Polyphemus Moth?
This one has cooperated and has his wings open for me. Wingspan is approximately 4 inches. Yellow eye spots on wings. Brown and Pink lines across wings. Brownish thick body, furry legs and big antenae.
Large Yellow Brown Fuzzy Moth (Imperial moth, male)
by Kati O
(Lee's Summit, Mo)
This was found on our front porch in Lee's Summit Missouri. She/he is rather large and body is fuzzy. We placed a pair of safety glasses for measuring purposes.
brown moth blue eyes (Black witch moth)
by Mary Ann Johnson
(San Antonio, TX)
Dark brown, with blue bands and blue "eyes" on the upper wings, do not see "eyes" on the lower wings (resting position). Has wing span of about 5 inches. Was in our garage.
Orange Moth (Spiny oakworm moth)
by Karin Rochester
last picture taken - shows white circle on wing
Orange Moth found in grass, appears to have just emerged. Wings were wet and together. Watched as they started to dry and open a bit. Just walked and walked on grass the whole time we watched. Dappled wings have white spots on top - can see in the first picture. Thanks for your help - my 2nd grader found her and would love to know what it is! Found near Raleigh, NC. 9-11-10
Orange flying fat bug (Hummingbird clearwing moth)
orange red flying creature
I saw this flying creature hanging out with the bumblebees and dragonflies in my garden about 6PM tonight. It was about twice the size of a good size bumble bee and visited the same plants they did (purple NE Asters and lilies). Its wings never stopped buzzing so this picture is the best I could get. Is it related to moths or locusts?
Light brown moth with orange fuzzy body (Edwards' glassy-wing moth)
This moth was found in Gilroy Calif, by a friend, Lorelei Monohan. It has a light brown body with darker brown design on wings and a vibrant orange fuzzy body.
Unusual Beautiful Brown Moth (Walnut sphinx moth)
by Holly Ellison
(Conroe, Texas, U.S.A.)
Unusual Brown Moth. Odd shaped wings, tail curves upward, head appears very furry. Approx. 3" wing span. 40 miles North of Houston, TX, USA on Sept. 9, 2010
Brown 3" moth with yellowish-orange striped body (Carolina sphinx moth)
by Rebecca Sweet
(Los Altos, California, USA)
Dead moth hanging by his tongue?!
I found this dead moth in Los Altos, California. The poor thing was hanging from his tongue (not sure of the actual term?) which seems to have been caught on the dead 'Popcorn' rose bud. If you look at the photo you can see the stick-straight tongue, still attached to the rose bud. I think it may be a Sphynx moth?
cylindrical body, orange, black, yellow (Ailanthus Webworm Moth)
by Jan Normandale
orange, black, yellow : 4 legged insect
photographed in Elizabeth IL USA
Brown Moth with a 3mm yellow dot on forewing (Polyphemus Moth)
This moth hung under a window ledge for about two hours without opening his wings. I did manage to see a 3mm yellow dot on one of the wings. It had a thick body, furry legs, and broad antennae like a luna moth. 2.5 - 3"large
pink moth (Spanish moth)
(Tabor City nc usa)
brown Moth (Royal walnut/ Regal moth)
by Amanda D.
Light brown moth with yellowish spots on wings, red-orange head with yellowish stripes. Medium sized. I'd like to know what kind of moth this is!
Blue and Red Moth (Red-Shouldered Ctenucha moth)
by Rob Holland
(Nevada City, California, USA)
Lucha Mask-Faced Moth?
I photographed this wonderful one at the Humboldt State University campus in Arcata CA during the last week of July 2010.
It was about an inch long from the "nose" to the end of the wings - maybe another 1/2 inch of antennae.
From above - The wings are dark blue-black with silver lined tips. There are 2 bright shining scarlet red lines from the neck to the beginning of the tail sections. The pointed head and mouth parts are also red.
The thorax and tails sections are iridescent blue to blue-green.
Face on, (sorry, my camera didn't focus well and I didn't want to spook it),
it has a distinct mask-like look to it with blue eyebrows/eye and mouth markings surrounded by scarlet red in a kind of hexagonal pattern.
A friend thought it looked like a "Lucha-Mask" like the Mexican wrestlers often wear.
It was very aware of me and shortly took off and gently flew off into the bushes.
I'd love to find out what it is and then anything about it's origins (though after I have a name I can do some more searches).
White moth, with red under front arms (Tiger Moth)
(Sonoma County, CA)
found this moth at my front door. I live in Sonoma County, CA and would like to know what this moth is called.
As stated, it's white with red under the front arms. It's got black eyes. One wing is curled, so it can't fly.
Many thanks to all. Cool site.
large moth with branch like markings (Vine Sphinx)
large moth with wings that look like they have sticks or branches on them
White/Black w/orange moth w/furry legs (White furcula moth)
by Matt Miller
Zebra slug-Moth ?
Wings approx 1.5" span. Did not see it fly and my son was encouraging it. I searched your site and did lots of Googling and didn't find any that really looked like this one. Saw some similar wing patterns but all had skinny legs, this one has very thick legs.
Thank you for your time.
Fuzzy green body with black wings (Snowberry Clearwing moth)
It has a fuzzy green body then black towards bottom, it appeared as though it had two set of wings, but i think it was one. It looks like there were holes in the wings. When it took off to fly, it had to warm up it's wings, it looked liked they were vibrating.
Big brown with large eye spots (Polyphemus moth)
(Catawissa, PA USA)
comb like antenna
two big yellow/white eye spots with blue semi circles and black circles surrounding them on tail.
square shaped tail.
two horizontal lines on tail and two lines that follow the edge of the wings
smaller eye spots on forewings
large camouflaged moth (Pandorus sphinx moth)
by matt withem
this moth was found in central ohio. looks like the fighter jet moth but more greens and blacks. only one i've ever seen.
little, slender brown moth (Indian meal moth)
by Bonita Johnston
(Regina, SK Canada)
small, about 7mm brown moth (Indian meal moth)
Only in my garage, fly at night but don't go to the light and don't want to go outside. Hundreds of them in the garage! Can't seem to find any that look similar. Saw a picture somewhere of one that looked like it and it was identified as an Indian meal moth but when I googled that, the pictures were not at all correct for this moth. Thank you for any help!
brown and black moth (One-eyed Sphinx moth)
I found this moth on the balcony hanging out on a wall.I've never seen this kind of moth before,I've seen plenty of Sphinx moths and hummingbird moths,the lesser small moths no one else seems to give a damn about.He's pretty big and was just relaxing,I was unable to identify him.Some help identifying him or it would be greatly appreciated.
Brown and Orange Moths (Cecropia moths mating)
by Jonathan Tallman
Two mating Moths?
My daughter actually found these out side in our Bushes. She was calling them Huge Butterflies but I think they are actually Moths that are mating?
If you could let me know what they are that would be great. I think they are Cecropia Moths from looking at a picture on this website but I am not 100% certain.
Shiny Orange/Brown Flying Insect (Small-eyed Sphinx moth)
This bug was sitting on the side of my house. It was very still and never moved while I was up close taking photos of it. It is an orangish brown flying bug. It has a back that curls upward, but I didn't see a stinger on it. It doesn't look like it has any attenae. It wasn't making any sort of chirping noise.
Brown Moth, flying (PROMETHEA moth, male)
Large Brown Moth with lighter brown border on wings
Found on side of our log cabin.
I couldn't find it in any of our insect books.
Mystery Moth (Eight-spotted forester moth)
The moth is black with yellow spots on the upper wing and white on the lower. Quite fuzzy and the legs are covered in thick, orange fuzz. Yellow fuzz on either side of thorax with a stripe down the abdomen, a gradient from yellow to white.
greenish moth (Pandorus sphinx moth)
At local gas station, been is the same spot for 3 days...Large green wings and body.
Picture taken 7-23-2011
A Butterfly? A moth? (Banded sphinx moth)
(Boca Raton FL)
The bug has been on my screen for most of the day. It is rather large - about 2 1/2" - am in South Florida. Would love to know what this is.
yellow butterfly rescued (Imperial moth, male)
by Jane Driscoll
Large Yellow & Brown Butterfly
that we rescued from the pool. We've never seen one like it before -
can you help us?
Black and grey moth (Promethea moth, male)
by M B Barnett
(Gulfport, MS )
Motionless on tree near Durham, NC
Black wings Orange body Black Spots (Squash vine borer moth)
by John Young
(Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada)
Black wings Orange body with black spots
Moth on Tomato Plant (Achemon Sphinx moth)
While trimming my tomato plants, I noticed what appeared to be a dried leaf. When I grabbed it, it flew from my hand and went back onto the tomato plant.
cicada sized black flying insect. (Titan sphinx moth)
by Uli Conrads
(Morton Grove, Illinois, Cook)
I took this photo of an insect, a little bigger than a cicada, dark in color, with a white band on lower body.
It was feeding off a butterfly bush and had the flying characteristics of a hummingbird.
Could it be a typ of sphinx moth?
Thank you very much, Moni, for all your help. Uli
3-4 inch black and white flying insect (Sphinx moth)
by Keith Paschal
This guy only appears around dusk, making picture taking difficult. He seems to look more like a moth than a butterfly but he was hanging around the petunias on the deck, going from flower to flower. Most of the pictures I took were fairly blurry due to low light. If I turned a light on, he'd leave. I hope this is a good enough picture. He was almost the size of a small hummingbird, which is what I thought it was at first in the dark. He has a large black and white striped abdomen and evidently likes polen or nectar from petunias.
Salmon Colored Moth (Polyphemus Moth)
(Hernando, Ms, DeSoto)
Large Moth (Polyphemus Moth)
Saw this on a public building in Panola County Mississippi. Wing span was about 5-6 inches adn the body was about 1.5 inches - very fat and fuzzy. What is this?