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darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

August 1, 2002
1:23 PM

Post #38238

I found it buzzing around my porch light at 2AM, and it finally landed on the screen door. Color is not too good in the photo. It was nearly 3" long, so photo is nearly life-size.

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mark
Antrim, Northern Ire
United Kingdom
(Zone 8b)

August 1, 2002
1:59 PM

Post #316639

I'll tell you what it is!

it's gorgeous

and most like one of the Hawk moths or Sphinx moths
tiG
Newnan, GA
(Zone 8a)

August 1, 2002
2:16 PM

Post #316648

it is really cool!!
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

August 1, 2002
2:24 PM

Post #316652

I caught one of these when I was a little girl. It was so neat I put it in a coffee can so I could take it to school the next day. Much to my dismay, it had beat itself to death in the can. I felt horrible! Aren't they cool???
Lophophora
Tokyo
Japan

August 1, 2002
4:38 PM

Post #316772

Congrats darius - you got a great pic of one of the most beautiful N. American Moths! (IMHO ;)

As mark said, a Hawk Moth (Sphingidae), either a
Pandorus sphinx (Eumorpha pandorus) http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/distr/lepid/moths/nc/1053.htm
or an
Intermediate sphinx (Eumorpha intermedia) http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/distr/lepid/moths/nc/1051.htm

I'd put my money on it being the Pandorus...
REDROSE
New Iberia, LA
(Zone 9a)

August 1, 2002
9:21 PM

Post #317090

Oh my that's so beautiful!
poppysue
Westbrook, ME
(Zone 5a)


August 1, 2002
9:35 PM

Post #317104

Great picture!
gardenwife
Newark, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 1, 2002
10:11 PM

Post #317150

Zoinks -- That's great, Darius! Oh, I'd have loved to have seen that handsome thing on my door. *drool*

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

August 2, 2002
12:16 AM

Post #317244

Lophophora, Thanks! I looked at both links, and I'm not sure. I did notice the area for the Intermediate sphinx is smaller, and NC is listed, if that means anything.
Floridian
Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)


August 2, 2002
10:31 PM

Post #318133

That's a great picture. And what a beautiful moth!

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