Steph's Virtual Garden: Moths
Sphinx Moths and Big Moths
Sphinx moths, at least the ones I've found, are pretty darned big for a bug. It took me a while to be comfortable picking them up, but now it's rather fun to see how long I can get them to perch on my finger for photographs before they fly off.
Pluto Sphinx Moth
Pluto Sphinx Moth
Banded Sphinx Moth
Banded Sphinx Moth
Streaked Sphinx Moth, Protambulyx strigilis
Streaked Sphinx Moth
Protambulyx strigilis
Rustic Sphinx Moth
Rustic Sphinx Moth
I put both photos of the Ello Sphinx Moth here in case you're trying to identify a moth. The Ello Sphinx looks very different depending on how its perched. Ello Sphinx Moth
Ello Sphinx Moth
Ello Sphinx Moth
Ello Sphinx Moth
Sphinx Moth
Tersa Sphinx Moth
Dead Leaf Moth
Looks like a dead leaf moth
IO Moth
IO Moth
giant leopard moth
Giant Leopard Moth
Hieroglyphic Moth, Diphthera festiva
Hieroglyphic Moth
Diphthera festiva
Hieroglyphic Moth, Diphthera festiva
Black Witch Moth
Mating Grape Root Borer Moths, Vitacea polistiformis
Grape Root Borer
Vitacea polistiformis
Polyphemus Moth
Polyphemus Moth
More Moths  
If the moth's name is underlined, you can click on the moth or its name to see larger pictures and find out more about the moth. If it's nameless, I haven't figured out what it is yet, and will add a name when I identify it.
Empyreuma affinis
Empyreuma affinis
Polka-dotted Wasp Moth, Syntomeida epilais
Syntomeida epilais
Virginian Tiger Moth
Virginian Tiger Moth
Pyrausta tyralis Moth
Pyrausta tyralis
Utetheisa Moth
Utetheisa Moth
Anisota virginiensis
Anisota virginiensis
Syngamia florella Moth
Syngamia florella Moth
Soybean Looper Moth, Pseudoplusia includens
Soybean Looper Moth Pseudoplusia includens
Small moth hiding by tree lichen. Small moth with red and yellow stripes. Moth laying eggs, Wendy found it.
moth This green moth is called a cucumber moth, melon moth, or Diaphania indica.
Diaphania indica
moth moth
unknown moth caterpillar unknown moth unknown moth Apantesis Moth
Gonodonta nutrix, citrus fruit-piercer Citrus Fruit-Piercer
Gonodonta nutrix
moth moth moth
White Tipped Black Moth White Tipped Black Moth moth moth Spider Dinner moth
...sometimes I just don't find them in groups of 4, so check back to see what else I find moth moth moth
These large thumbnail images might help you identify a moth that you've found. I'm still looking for more South Florida moths to photograph and put here. Sometimes it's hard to get them to sit still while I take their picture.
Someone recently asked me if moths bite, so I had to add the question. No, they don't; they can't bite. Adult moths & butterflies have a proboscis, not a mouth. The proboscis is like a long curled up straw on their face that they unroll and stick into flowers to drink nectar.

So, moths can't bite, because they don't have teeth. By that reasoning, a mosquito can't bite either, because they also have a proboscis, but I dare say you've been "bitten" by one. There is a genus of moths, the Calyptra genus, that includes at least one blood sucking moth: Calyptra thalictri. Wikipedia mentions it, and Earthweek has a great picture of the "Vampire moth" biting a human thumb.

Dead Leaf Moth sips nectar This is a 'Looks Like A Dead Leaf' Moth. Yes, it's a cumbersome name, but appropriate nonetheless.

It is flying, with just its front legs on the flower. See the brown proboscis sticking out of its face and going into the flower? That is how the moth eats. So, do moths bite? No, they don't have teeth, or even a mouth, so they can't bite. The same goes for butterflies.

This is a Pluto Sphinx Moth. Look between its green eyes, and then down just a tiny bit. Do you see that short brown line that runs top to bottom? That is its proboscis. When they aren't sipping nectar, they keep their proboscis curled up, protected, and out of their way.

Have you ever used the tooters that kids blow through at birthday parties? You blow in them, and they unroll and make noise. When you stop blowing, they roll right back up to the whistle part. If you hold one upside-down (so it rolls up on the bottom, not the top), that's similar to how a proboscis rolls up.

close-up of Pluto Sphinx Moth
Ello Sphinx Moth Moths, butterflies, and other bugs do have tiny claws that help them hold on to their perch. This Ello Sphinx Moth was holding on to me with its claws, but they're so small I couldn't feel them at all. Moth Claws
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