Thu, Apr 16, 2009 at 2:26 PM
I noticed this moth on my back porch and can not find out what type of moth it is. Any ideas?
This gorgeous streamlined moth is known as a Tersa Sphinx, Xylophanes tersa. We frequently get reports of the distinctive caterpillars feeding on Pentas. According to BugGuide the caterpillar has: “One large eyespot and six smaller ones progressing down the body, with a light stripe roughly bisecting the eyespots. Black “horn” on rear end. Both green and brown forms are known. In earlier instars, smaller eyespots are barely visible and striping more pronounced.”