help identify moth found in California desert
September 15, 2009
This moth was seen flying west on the morning of Sept. 15th, 2009 near Mission Creek on the desert slopes east of the San Bernardino Mtns in Southern California at about 1800′ elev. I captured the attached image after it landed on a shrub.
I looked for it on several sites, but haven’t found a good match. It was about three inches in length.
at = 33.999 + long = -116.609
Your moth is a Rustic Sphinx, Manduca rustica, and you can see Bill Oehlke’s excellent website for additional information.