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Subject: Strange one in AL
Location: East Alabama
September 18, 2013 8:40 am
My son found this beautiful creature on his car seatbelt in the Anniston, AL area. I’ve never seen one like this before, any ideas? I’m thinking some sort of moth/butterfly judging by the legs. Thanks!
Signature: Ann

Tersa Sphinx

Tersa Sphinx

Hi Ann,
This aerodynamic moth is a Tersa Sphinx.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Anniston, Alabama

2 Responses to Tersa Sphinx

  1. Linda-Lu says:

    My son found a Tersa Moth on a wood pile yesterday, a cooler day in Florida. The temp was dropping into the 40’s, so he brought it into the house in a large plastic drink cup. He tried to let it go today, but it wouldn’t leave the cup. It is back in the house tonight since it is cold again. It hasn’t eaten in two days (he did give it water). What plants do they eat? Where are they from originally?

    Thank you! Linda Lu

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