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.
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.