Subject: Green moth
Location: Gilroy CA: Watsonville Road near Uvas Creek
January 17, 2015 3:11 pm
I rescued this green moth from our cat last night. I’ve never seen one like it. It was around 10 PM, high scattered clouds, and about 65° out. My cat was chasing the green moth, which I was able to catch and release. I’ve never seen anything like it.
This gorgeous moth is a Pacific Green Sphinx or Bear Sphinx, Proserpinus lucidus. According to the Sphingidae of the Americas: “adults fly as a single brood from late January to March and nectar at flowers. Moths can be spotted much earlier (mid December) in more southerly locations (San Diego, California; Mexico) when weather conditions are right. ” Because you were kind enough to rescue this Pacific Green Sphinx from your cat, who we imagine was a bit miffed and missing out on a thrilling toy, we are tagging your submission with the Bug Humanitarian Award.
Thanks—that was quick! I just made a $25 donation to <whatsthatbug.com> to show my appreciation.
Keep up the good work.
Thanks so much for your generosity Bob.
You’re sure welcome. I saw that you have a book published with some great reviews, so I ordered 2, one for my grandkids and one for me. Quite a price range, from about $7 to $80!
Thanks to the Internet it was pretty easy to have my moth identified. I took entomology in college, but I can’t imagine identifying the moth like we did in the olden days, trudging to the library, looking at numerous books, taking pictures, having the film developed….
Hi again Bob,
You are correct that I did write The Curious World of Bugs, and though it was well reviewed, it did not become a best seller, hence there was but a single printing. I guess the high price means it is becoming collectable. Perhaps there will be a second printing if there is a demand. Digital imaging and cellular telephones that have the capablity of taking images and distributing images on the internet has changed the face of research.