Category: sphinx moth

Bugfingers White moth = saltmarsh moth Brown m…

Bugfingers

White moth = saltmarsh moth
Brown moth = walnut sphinx (remember the screaming caterpillar?)
Green stink bug
Brown stink bug

I wanted a moth on every finger, but couldn’t find enough. So I settled for bugs. But the green stinker wouldn’t cooperate, walked over the sphinx’s face, made him pee all over me, then walked over the saltmarsh moth’s face, peed on me himself, then flew off. Rude!

March 25, 2019

Regular

creosoteyote submitted:

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Just got our first White Lined Sphinx Moth of the year!!

YESSS!!!!! Three of my sphinxes have popped out of their pupae so far! Both of the Tersas and one of the Walnuts (I need to post the photos!)

Our babies are COMING to US!!!

March 22, 2019

caterpillar-gifs: Tersa Sphinx Moth caterpill…

caterpillar-gifs:

Tersa Sphinx Moth caterpillar

New baby! Another gift, already spinning a leaf cocoon!

December 15, 2018

nanonaturalist: In celebration of my HAVING I…

nanonaturalist:

In celebration of my HAVING INTERNET AT HOME, allow me to share one of my new babies.

This is a Walnut Sphinx caterpillar. They scream when you touch them. It’s to scare off birds. It works on humans too.

October 18, 2018

More Walnut Sphinx!

The video was from the day he starting digging his pupation hole, so you can’t see his cute little face. Here he is before he turned into a mud-covered piggy:

Triangle face!

A little dirty…

Breaded and ready to cook! (In his pupa)

The adults are BEAUTIFUL little sphinxes:

October 18, 2018

In celebration of my HAVING INTERNET AT HOME, …

In celebration of my HAVING INTERNET AT HOME, allow me to share one of my new babies.

This is a Walnut Sphinx caterpillar. They scream when you touch them. It’s to scare off birds. It works on humans too.

October 18, 2018

caterpillar-gifs: Snowberry Clearwing caterpi…

caterpillar-gifs:

Snowberry Clearwing caterpillar making a cocoon

patchesthecryptid:

patchesthecryptid:

@nanonaturalist what kinda beautiful friend is this? It looks like a cross between a vine sphinx and a rosy maple

iNat to the rescue!

It is a Sphinx moth for sure (wing shape!). The species is Small Elephant Hawk-moth (Deilephila porcellus) and it’s native to Eurasia and northern Africa. Also, BEAUTIFUL 😍

September 14, 2018

What do you do if your baby catterpiliar doesn…

What do you do if your baby catterpiliar doesn't eat the plant you give it? I found what I thought to be an azalea sphinx moth and it laid eggs in the jar I caught it in. According to Google they eat azalea so I went to Lowe's and bought some. I put a sprig of leaves for it to eat but it just crawls around on it. Did I misidentify the moth?

It’s possible you mid-identified the moth. The Azalea Sphinx moth looks very similar to the Virginia Creeper Sphinx (they are in the same genus):

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I’ve never seen an Azalea Sphinx myself, but the above photo is a Virginia Creeper Sphinx. Their caterpillars eat vines, like peppervine, Virginia creeper, and grape leaves. 

How old is your caterpillar? They usually don’t start eating for several hours after hatching. Unfortunately, all the newborn Sphinx moths essentially look the same.

Good luck!!

September 13, 2018

Some of my guests from the past week. 1. Jump…

Some of my guests from the past week.
1. Jumping spider (Colonus sp.)
2. Potter wasp
3. Juvenile Texas spiny lizard
4. Flower weevil
5. Billbug snout beetle
6. Longhorn bee
7. Green anole (being purple cuz they change colors
8. Hoverfly
9. Bird grasshopper (their poops are HUGE and look like caterpillars, I was confused for a while!)
10. Carolina sphinx moth and Scissors grinder cicada

September 9, 2018

TERSA SPHINX!!!

@pots-and-pancakes submitted:

yo do you happen to know who this funky little fuzz dude is?

(found in wilmington, nc)


TERSA SPHINX!!!

These beauties are unmistakable. 

Also, check out their pupae

Are those even real????? (You bet!) 

A+ High Quality Moth, and the first sphinx moth I ever met! Thanks for sharing!

September 8, 2018