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    Posted 4 years ago

    pw-collector
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    A visitor at my front door!!

    The large Achemon Sphinx Moth comes out at night, but if you're up, look for its bright flashes of pink when it stretches its hindwings.
    Achemon Sphinx Moths are members of the hawkmoth family. They are large, strong and fast. This species is nocturnal and can be found sipping nectar from a variety of flowers including Japanese honeysuckle, phlox and petunias. Their wings can beat so quickly that they may be mistaken for a hummingbird. They span most of the North American continent and are on the wing throughout the summer.

    Adults are a light brown or tan color with symmetrical dark brown patches near the 'shoulders', as well as at the middle and tip of each wing. When wings are spread, the smaller hindwings reveal a bright pink color. Furry legs are covered in cream colored hairs. As lovely and large as the moths are, their offspring are undesirable to vintners.

    The larval caterpillar is also brown, like the adult. They are larger than members of other families of caterpillars. Seven short white lines run diagonally down the side of the hairless body from the head to its other end. It is a part of the hornworm group of caterpillars thanks to a long spine, or "horn", at the end of its body. As the caterpillar grows and matures, the horn is eventually lost and an eyespot develops instead. This species feeds on the leaves of grapevines and is known to be a pest in vineyards. Virginia creeper and woodbine are other popular food sources for this caterpillar. It is usually seen chewing leaves in August and September.

    Dave

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    1. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 4 years ago
      I didn't even think it was real! It looked like it was made from a paper bag or something. So pretty!
    2. pw-collector pw-collector, 4 years ago
      It is definitely real. I did not see were it finally flew off to.
      Thanks for the comment & appreciation:
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    3. pw-collector pw-collector, 4 years ago
      Thanks Newfld for the appreciation.
    4. Mrstyndall Mrstyndall, 4 years ago
      Oh my, I thought this was a piece of jewelry when I first saw post ;)
    5. pw-collector pw-collector, 4 years ago
      Thanks for the appreciation:
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    6. racer4four racer4four, 4 years ago
      We cannot outdo nature.
    7. pw-collector pw-collector, 4 years ago
      Thanks for the appreciation:
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    8. pw-collector pw-collector, 4 years ago
      Thanks for the appreciation:
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    9. pw-collector pw-collector, 4 years ago
      Thanks for the appreciation:
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    10. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 4 years ago
      this is one of the few pollinators regularly seen at our beautiful california native monkeyflowers.
    11. pw-collector pw-collector, 4 years ago
      ho2cultcha, I think this is the first I have ever seen, at least with its hindwing spread.
      Thanks for the comment & appreciation.
    12. pw-collector pw-collector, 4 years ago
      Thanks again for the appreciation:
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    13. pw-collector pw-collector, 3 years ago
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    14. pw-collector pw-collector, 3 years ago
      Thanks for the appreciation:
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