National Moth Week 2017

July 24, 2017  •  2 Comments

I received an email informing me that this week is National Moth Week (July 22–30, 2017). I was going to dig through my photos to find a moth to post, but yesterday I found a nice one in my yard. This is what I believe to be a Achemon Sphinx Moth. It was close to some honeysuckles that hangs on my fence from my neighbor's yard. I read that they like sipping nectar from honeysuckles. I also read that these moths are nocturnal, so I guess it was meant for me to find this one to photograph and share for National Moth Week.

Note: I noticed that the National Moth Week website is down. Maybe they will have it back up soon.

 

Achemon Sphinx MothAchemon Sphinx Moth Achemon Sphinx Moth - Arkansas

 

Achemon Sphinx Moth Facts

  • The Achemon Sphinx is a large, heavy-bodied moth with a wing span of about 3 to 4 inches.
  • Adults may emerge in June, but are most common during July at which time eggs are laid on host plants.
  • Caterpillars are similar in shape to the commonly encountered tomato hornworm.
  • Larvae are of three forms: light green, reddish orange, and tan to brown.
  • It is one of three main pollinators of the rare orchid Platanthera praeclara.
  • Source: Wikipedia

 


Comments

Steve Creek Wildlife Photography
Those colors are pretty cool looking!
Greg Topp(non-registered)
Steve,
I love the "moth camouflage" colors!
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