Monday, August 4, 2014

A particularly handsome moth loitering

Just hanging out on the wall beside my neighbor's front door this afternoon. Feeling pretty good about identifying it as Xylophanes tersa tersa, Tersa Sphinx Moth (Linnaeus, 1771) Sphinx. One site helpfully gives a pronunciation guide:

zail-AH-fan-ees TER-suh

Most of the sites I consulted had the identical information found on Wikipedia. The larva looks like a tomato hornworm and feeds on pentas.

Here are the sites consulted:
Moth Photographers Group
Butterflies and Moths
Bug Guide
Dallas Butterlies

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