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Subject: Large moth
Location: Long Island, New York
July 12, 2012 7:23 am
I was on my way home from a friends house when I saw this guy in his back yard. The wings were about 4”-5” across. I looked in the bug guide and the shape and pattern looks like one of the sphinx moths. I’m just posting to see if I can get a confirmation. Also, it didn’t move for two days and was gone by the second night.
Signature: Phil

Pandorus Sphinx Moth

Hi Phil,
You are correct that this is a Sphinx Moth.  It is the Pandorus Sphinx,
Eumorpha pandorus, and you can get some excellent information on the Sphingidae of the Americas website.  If you are interested in learning more about your local moths, you should research your nearest National Moth Week public event. 

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: New York

One Response to Pandorus Sphinx

  1. Viv Carlson says:

    Thank you WTB and Phil for helping me identify my moth visitor to the patio the other night. It is always exciting to see something new in the yard. It must be the season for moths as a hummingbird moth “bumped” into me this afternoon!
    Love the website…and thank you again.

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