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Happenings in the insect world
by Lynne Brock
on June 17, 2021 at 1:42 PM
I live in Stockton and found one on my fence. I thought it was beautiful so I took a picture day before yesterday. I checked the next day but it was gone. Had to do a double-take because it looked so much like a leaf.
by Tim
on July 2, 2021 at 8:34 PM
My wife and I found one in our garden grape. Very interesting and can't wait until it turns into a moth. We live in Stockton as well.
by Anna
on July 14, 2021 at 12:26 PM
I just found a caterpillar of one in a vineyard near Eugene, Oregon. It's beautiful, thanks for the information!
by Ofelia Chavez
on July 15, 2021 at 12:33 PM
Today, July 15,at 11:30 a.m. I found it attached to my tomato plant--very, very beautiful!--in Silverado Canyon, Calif. (Orange County)
by kayla
on August 2, 2021 at 3:58 AM
Hi, my nephew and I found one of these while weeding a petunia flower bed in my grandfather's garden. We live in Regina, Saskatchewan up in Canada. We had never seen such a wonderful looking moth so I thought I’d look it up. Is it common to find this type of moth here where I live?
by Oni
on August 21, 2021 at 1:27 PM
Spotted one of these about a month ago in Lakewood, Colorado.
by Paula
on July 21, 2022 at 11:26 PM
I found one of these caterpillars on my grape vine in San Luis Obispo. I recognized it as a hornworm, but I was familiar only with tomato hornworms. This one is different because 1) it's fairly small (about 2"); 2) it's pink; and 3) it has no horn. Everything I looked up kept finding tomato hornworms or tobacco hornworms, which feed on tomato leaves, tobacco, eggplant, jimson... Nothing about grapes. And none of those other plants are nearby. So I was pleased to finally find the MSU page on them, then this one. However, while tomato hornworms are considered an agricultural pest and we're strongly advised not to release them into the wild, it seems as though these grape hornworms are considerably less problematic -- I don't see similar warnings about controlling them. So I'm considering putting it back out there. I was sad to find those giant "hummingbird moths" were the destructive hornworms, so I'd like to let this complete its cycle, if it's not totally taboo.
by Cliff
on August 27, 2022 at 9:04 PM
I have one on my front screen door here in Colorado Springs. Over 2" long and 1/2" thick. Looks like a dried, curled-up leaf. Scary size, but beautiful moth.
by Laura
on June 7, 2023 at 7:58 PM
We found one of these beauties in Bismarck. North Dakota.
by Britne
on June 16, 2023 at 4:08 PM
I found a dead one on our porch a few years back. We are located in the foothills of California. I still have the specimen. I can't see any pink, but I'm pretty sure it's the same species shown in this article. It was so beautiful, I had to save it.
by Michael Hill
on June 19, 2023 at 8:00 AM
We live in Las Vegas and saw one yesterday hanging out on our pool equipment cabinet. It was surprising to see one here I didn't even know they lived this far into the desert
by Scott
on July 7, 2023 at 3:48 PM
I found one in our yard and we are in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
by Mia
on July 13, 2023 at 12:17 AM
One of these just flew into my house! Such a cool looking moth. (We let it back outside)
by Paula Ross
on August 7, 2023 at 1:56 PM
I just found the Achemon Spinx in our carport. I live 30 miles north of Sacramento CA. I have never seen one before. The rust color and the futuristic geometric wing shap is striking.
by Kathy Van Dam
on August 10, 2023 at 2:13 PM
Found the caterpillar July 9 eating grape leaves. It was so big. I put it in a container with some grape leaves. It soon turned into a cocoon. It is now an awesome beautiful moth. I live up in the Auburn/Newcastle area.
by Hollie M Ussery
on August 13, 2023 at 3:08 PM
I just took a photo of this lovely moth. We have grape vines. I live in the high desert area and was amazed to see this one.
by Pete
on August 29, 2023 at 1:23 PM
I found one on Sage in western Kentucky
by Barbara Lucas
on September 2, 2023 at 9:30 AM
Found an Achemon Sphinx on my cedar wood gate this morning in Casper WY. It is so well camouflaged that it could have been easy to miss.
by Yolanda Whitten
on September 30, 2023 at 9:19 PM
One of these beautiful moths landed on my leg here in Reno NV.I have never seen a moth like this one in all of my 60 years that I've been on this earth! And probably won't see another one in this lifetime as they are a rare moth to find and see up close.It was so impressively cool to see! It looks so much cooler in real life!
by Heather Myers
on June 15, 2024 at 6:31 PM
I saw one June 8,2024, in Delta County, Colorado near Eckert mid morning. It was low to the ground in a grape arbor, very shy.
by Kathy Lyman
on July 2, 2024 at 10:41 AM
Identical find in Montreal, QC.  
There are no grape vines in my yard.
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