what is this?
Location: Central Florida
December 1, 2011 3:53 pm
Took my dogs out back today and immediatly my smallest one ran to the side when he saw a bug. This bug released what looked like a milky substance from its backside (a defense mechansim, don’t know). The bug still hasn’t moved it is completely still. I wasn’t able to locate any eyes.
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This incredibly streamlined moth is one of the Hawkmoths or Sphinx Moths, and more specifically it is the Tersa Sphinx, Xylophanes tersa. You may read more about the Tersa Sphinx on the Sphingidae of the Americas website.