Monday, June 16, 2014

Blinded Sphinx Moth

Sometimes the bird net contains non-avian surprises, like this Blinded Sphinx Moth I found last Monday. Bugs and butterflies are often difficult to extract from the net, but this moth flew off after being photographed.

Bugguide.net speculates on the origin of this moth’s name. “Blinded" comes from the small blue hindwing “eye” spots that lack central black spots. Without a “pupil,” the moth must be blind.

The range of the Blinded Sphinx Moth includes most of the United States and southern Canada.  Butterflies and moths.org continues that they are found in deciduous woodlands and suburbs. Adults do not feed, but lay eggs that become fully-grown caterpillars. These caterpillars pupate and overwinter in underground chambers. Although rare at the edges of its range, the species is thought to be overall secure.

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