We got some better images.
Luckily it is cold out tonight, so the Sphinx did not mind that we rearranged its wings for some better images. We have contacted Bill Oehlke and we eagerly await his input on the species.
Subject: Possibly Cramer’s Sphinx is new Mount Washington sighting
Location: Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
December 1, 2015 9:48 PM
When leaving the house today, we saw a large Sphinx Moth on the screen door, and at first we thought it was a Carolina Sphinx, but the markings on the wings were different and there were scalloped edges on the wings. We determined on the Sphingidae of the Americas site that it is a member of the genus Ello, possibly a Cramer’s Sphinx. We took some images with the old digital camera with a flash and a zoom lens, but alas, the camera must finally be failing as the card is not readable. Undaunted, we pulled out a different camera, but the battery wasn’t charged and we managed to get one terribly underexposed image before the battery died. The battery is charging and we hope to be able to get a better shot in an hour, and if luck is really with us, we can get an image in the morning by daylight. The images on the corrupted card were taken with a flash, and we managed to move the upper wing to show the orange underwing with the black edge, and hopefully we will be able to duplicate that result when the battery charges. This is the best we can offer at this time.