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Moth?
September 24, 2009
This”moth” was labeled a stowaway. I’m uncertain if it came from the Denver Airport/airplane and stayed on my luggage till we got to Tulsa, Oklahoma or if it just greeted us in Tulsa when we were waiting for our ride. I was standing outside the Tulsa airport on August 2nd about midnight and looked down to see this LARGE moth looking thing (It was about the size of my iphone). He really liked my bag – Not wanting to touch its wings, I had a little trouble getting it off! I found a stick and kind of forced it to walk aboard and then I put him in a safe place. Can you tell me what kind it is?
Katie ~ Photographer
Probably Tulsa, Oklahoma

Pandora Sphinx

Pandora Sphinx

Hi Katie,
Bill Oehlke’s awesome website does not report the Pandora Sphinx, Eumorpha pandorus, from Colorado, but the species is found in Oklahoma, which is indicated as the western limit of the range.

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One Response to Pandora Sphinx

  1. Kfisher02 says:

    I live in Ohio and I’ve seen a few Pandora sphinx over the years. The first of which went into my first “Bug Collection” as a kid. I’ve always admired the beauty of this particular moth not to mention its amazing camouflage. Its always a nice surprise to see one as they seem to be increasingly rare in our area.
    Dan

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