Subject: Moth
Location: Salem, Oregon
July 8, 2012 12:53 am
This moth is approx. 2”, I can’t find an ID for it on line, do you know what it is?
Signature: Mouse

Blinded Sphinx

Hi Mouse,
Your moth is one of the Sphinx Moths in the family Sphingidae, and it is a Blinded Sphinx,
Paonias excaecata.  We verified its identity on the Sphingidae of the Americas website which is where we turn first when we need a Sphinx ID.  It is very easy to browse the site by state or country.  Many Sphinx Moths have false eyespot markings on the lower wings that are revealed when the moth is disturbed.  The markings on this particular species might have reminded someone of sightless eyes, hence the common name Blinded Sphinx.  If you are interested in moths, you should see if there is a National Moth Week event in your area.

Location: Oregon

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