What’s this moth?
Hi! I’m trying to ID a pair of mating moths my son and I found today. Michael of wormspit.com directed me to your page of a Cerisy’s Sphynx but the underwing looks more like a Blinded Sphynx. (definite “eye” spot and a salmon/pink color) Here’s the picture we took today. They are on a gooseberry bush. Can you tell what it is?
Lady Eleyn Scrivener
Dear Lady Eleyn Scrivener.
A location would be helpful as there are many similar looking insects in far reaching parts of the world. If you are in the continental U.S., we believe you are correct that this is a pair of Blinded Sphinxes, Paonias excaecata. Your photo is a lovely addition to our site.