Subject: Small Eyed Sphinx Rescue!
Location: New Hampshire
June 22, 2012 10:48 pm
I found this little lady (I’m assuming, from the smooth antennae)resting on the stairs of my apartment complex and thought I’d save her from a squishing by bringing her inside. And after a few pics, I let her go off the balcony. I knew she was a Sphinx moth but not the exact species until I took a quick peek in your archives. Being a life long bug nut, I was happy to have seen another insect in person that before now I had only seen in books, etc.
Signature: Black Zarak
Dear Black Zarak,
We agree with your identification of a Small Eyed Sphinx, Paonias myops, and you can read more about the species of the Sphingidae of the Americas website. We are thoroughly charmed by your letter. As much as we love books, seeing a living specimen is much more rewarding than seeing a photograph of a species, even if it is a beautiful photograph.