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Posted 2 months 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, 2 months 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, 2 months ago
    It is definitely real. I did not see were it finally flew off to.
    Thanks for the comment & appreciation:
    vetraio50
    SpiritBear
    shareurpassion
  3. pw-collector pw-collector, 2 months ago
    Thanks Newfld for the appreciation.
  4. Mrstyndall Mrstyndall, 2 months ago
    Oh my, I thought this was a piece of jewelry when I first saw post ;)
  5. pw-collector pw-collector, 2 months ago
    Thanks for the appreciation:
    Johnsmith
    fortapache
    mikelv85
    Mrstyndall
  6. racer4four racer4four, 2 months ago
    We cannot outdo nature.
  7. pw-collector pw-collector, 2 months ago
    Thanks for the appreciation:
    Caperkid
    Moonhill
    iggy
    aura
    vallentino97
  8. pw-collector pw-collector, 2 months ago
    Thanks for the appreciation:
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    Alan2310
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  9. pw-collector pw-collector, 2 months ago
    Thanks for the appreciation:
    buckethead
    Windwalker
  10. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 2 months ago
    this is one of the few pollinators regularly seen at our beautiful california native monkeyflowers.
  11. pw-collector pw-collector, 2 months 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, 2 months ago
    Thanks again for the appreciation:
    mikelv85
    buckethead

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