What is THIS bug.
Large moth. Cave Creek, Arizona. About 4” in length.

Hi Evan,
Your moth is a member of the Hawkmoth Family Sphingidae known as the Rustic Sphinx, Manduca rustica. The caterpillar feeds on a variety of plants including Fringe tree (Chionanthus virginicus) and jasmine (Jasminum species) in the olive family (Oleaceae), bushy matgrass (Lippia alba) in the vervain family (Verbenaceae), knockaway (Ehretia anacua) in the borage family (Boraginaceae), and Bignonia species in the Bignoniaceae. Adults take nectar at night from moonflowers, petunias and other deep throated flowers.

One Response to Rustic Sphinx

  1. Joy Bianco says:

    I have one of these Sphniz moths out side my front door. It has been here all day.
    What do they eat and how long to they stay in one place???

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