e_moon60 (e_moon60) wrote,
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Beautiful Moth

Late this evening, after sundown,  we found this beautiful moth on the ground near one of the big water tanks.






It's a Vine Sphinx, Eumorpha vitisand I'm guessing it was a caterpillar on one of the vines near the house, still alive because we can water there.   Elsewhere vines are dead from the drought.   I did not want to handle it, as that always risks some damage to the moth's wing-scales and I don't know if it was freshly emerged from a chrysalis or an older moth near death.  It's very hot tonight.   We don't have anything blooming but firecracker bush and one turks-cap (the others, that we can't water, have died.)   I hope it makes it to reproduction, if it hasn't done that already.  It is a new species for our list.
Tags: moth, photography, wildlife
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