Subject: Lovely Moth!
Location: Miami, FL
January 26, 2015 3:22 pm
I hope you can help me identify this lovely little moth. I have spent a couple of hours searching until I found your site. I have looked through the pages of Sphinx moths and can not seem to match the markings to the one I found. I have never seen any kind of Sphinx moth inperson being in the city and was so intrigued at how amazing these moths look. I started a backyard garden and have discovered all kinds of interesting bugs. This one quite a beautiful creature indeed!
Your moth is a Streaked Sphinx, Protambulyx strigilis, one of the most streamlined and aerodynamic looking species in a family that is characterized by those physical features. The Streaked Sphinx is a neotropical species that frequently strays north to Florida, perhaps due to global warming. You can read more about the Streaked Sphinx on the Sphingidae of the Americas site.