Subject: Beautiful Moth
Location: Seattle, WA
June 17, 2014 8:54 pm
We took these pictures on the deck of our apartment building a few days ago. Since yesterday the moth has come inside the building and is now perched on our apartment door frame. It hasn’t moved in 24 hours. What is this gorgeous moth? Should we be worried about its stillness?
Signature: Thanks – Lasara
Your moth is a Sphinx Moth or Hawkmoth that we have identified as Smerinthus ophthalmica on the Sphingidae of the Americas website where we learned that it “closely resembles Smerinthus cerisyi, and until recently (2010) had been synonymized with cerisyi.” So, though this moth was not unknown in the Pacific Northwest, it has recently been reclassified as a new species. The slender curved abdomen indicates this is a male. Often moths rest a few days after metamorphosis and we do not believe you need to worry.