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It is the weekend and our extreme cold spell continues through its second week so I am posting two moth with-flowers pictures today.

This looks most like Nessus Sphinx Moths or Hummingbird Hawk-moths in the guides and online. But most Nessus Moths have two white bands which are thinner than this and the wings are different. It is not an exact match for the Hawk-moths either. This moth has brown wings with two rather faint white bars on each. It is slightly bigger than a Hummingbird Clearwing.


If someone lives in an area of North America where this species of moth is common, I would appreciate an Identification. Otherwise, I shall pursue an expert opinion next week.


This has been a very interesting summer in MB for Clearwing Sphinx Moth enthusiasts, with much greater numbers than I have seen in my five years of pursuing them. There has been variation in the colors and markings of individuals too within the Snowberrry and Hummingbird species respectively. It will be fun to review my shots to identify the major differences.

The Tersa Sphinx Moth is typically 1.2 inches to 6.1 inches (32mm to 155mm) in size.




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White-lined Sphinx Moth at Blacks Creek Reservoir near Boise, Idaho


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Manatee County, Florida

August 24, 2020

ID confirmed by Bob Biagi at

aka the Clearwing Hummingbird Moth, is attracted to flowers on the Bee Balm plant.

gathering nectar or pollen from lavender Phlox

A White Lined Sphinx Moth, Hyles lineata, was visiting a large stand of Scorpion weed, Phacelia crenulata, at my campsite, so I was able to get a few shots.


Scorpion weed has many white hairs on the leaves and stems that have poisons that can trigger contact dermatitis, blistering of the skin, or a rash similar to rashes produced by poison ivy and poison oak.


Note that the moth is nectaring--you can follow the proboscis down into the flower. Insects lured by nectar commonly move pollen from flower to flower.


Manatee County, Florida

August 24, 2020

ID confirmed by Bob Biagi at

I was transplanting some plants from one area to another a couple of days ago and I disturbed this beauty. It flew out from the plant I was pulling and sent shivers up my spine. In other words we scared each other.


I have never seen one like this before so I had to figure out what it was and I posted it on Facebook in an entomology group I am a part of and I had an answer within minutes. This is the gaudy sphinx moth. I do not believe I have the host plant for this one but the birds do bring a lot of volunteer plants and vines to the yard so it is possible.


Regardless, I am happy to see it in the yard. I kept checking on it throughout the day and I tried to go out during the bird shows and stand near it so it wouldn't become a snack. After all, it didn't choose to be out in such an open area at that time of day.


Have a wonderful day and happy snapping.

From last year. They are not here yet. Indeed, it has been particularly cold this spring.

The Nessus Sphinx is a member of Sphingidae, a family of powerfully fast moths that are typically seen drinking flower nectar. The Nessus Sphinx has two yellow bands on the abdomen that are thought to help it mimic a wasp as it hovers over blooms. The tip of the abdomen has a tuft of hair that resembles tail feathers. Its wings are fast like a humming bird. If you can get close enough to it you can hear its wings 'humming'. This moth loves our planters and is a lot of fun to watch!

Adult Food: Nectar from a variety of flowers including columbines, larkspurs, petunia, honeysuckle, moon-vine, bouncing bet, lilac, clovers, thistles, Jimsonweed, and in this image, Dame's Rocket. Life History: Adults usually fly at dusk, during the night, and at dawn, but they will also fly during the day. Caterpillars pupate in shallow burrows in the ground. Massive population buildups occur which stimulate emigrations to colonize more northern areas.

Took hundreds of shots of this little moth this last couple weeks, finally able to post a few. Going to start with this one.


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My first capture of this species. Seen this morning at the community gardens.

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Rustic Sphinx Moth - (Manduca rustica) 3825, From the Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee.

Order Lepidoptera. Family Sphingidae. Also called a Hummingbird Moth. Adult (2-3" wingspan) flies at dusk and dawn to feed on nectar from columbines, larkspurs, petunia, honeysuckle, moonvine, lilac, clovers, thistles, and Jimson weed. Seen in an alpine garden at dusk in Eagle County, Central Rocky Mountains, Colorado, USA.

This humble Sphinx Moth was one of my favorite photographic subjects of the 2018 year to date. I had wanted to photograph one for many years.


The two other moth species on my most wanted list are Luna and Cecropia Moths. The latter are very difficult to get in Manitoba, but a Luna Moth, though difficult, might be attainable.

Common in this part of America. This moth has a wingspan of 87-97mm (3.42-3.82 inches) I tried getting it to fully span its wings but it wasn't wanting to do that. Shame because the pink is very pretty. It can be distinguished from all other Eumorpha species by the hindwing upperside being almost uniformly pale pink from the base to the diffuse, dark brown submarginal band.

Oh yeah it's a handheld pic :))

The mountain laurel flowers are in decline now, and I'll miss them when they're gone. They've attracted some interesting visitors. This one was really hard to catch - this last shot before he took off was the sharpest.

Achemon sphinx moth caterpillar on a wild grape vine, Novio Canyon, Catalina Mountains, Arizona

Eumorpha pandorus

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Had to check with my ole Pal "The Caterpillar Aficionado" (Brody) to ID this first-encounter red rose colored specimen.

Located it at the Lake out back nestled in its Peruvian Primrose host plant. Saw a few other variety of colored caterpillars there as well and will share soon.


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One more of the Sphinx moth from a different perspective. You can see the eye spot on the left wing. These spots are apparently shown to scare off preditors. This moth was too lethargic to care. We coaxed it onto the stick for photos. It was too early in the day and too cold for it to move around much. I have never seen one of these fly and at first glance you would almost think there is too much body mass for the wings to handle. They do fly however. View large for a lot of detail.

Eumorpha pandorus

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

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