Sunday, June 24, 2018

One-eyed Sphinx Moth

I spotted this moth on the ground near Drayton Valley south-west of Edmonton. I didn't know what it was but I posted it on iNaturalist and someone identified it for me :-)

One-eyed Sphinx moth

When it settled down it would half close its wings and the pink parts with the eye spots would be hidden. But a little nudging would get it to open its wings like this. They are apparently quite wide spread - from Alaska to Baja, but this was the first one I recall seeing. This is one of the moths where the adult does not feed, so perhaps they are not around long. (mate, lay eggs, and die)

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