What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: type of moth
Location: West Virginia
August 9, 2017 10:49 pm
This moth was on my doorframe at around one o’clock this morning. It has tattered wings (yet still can fly), and a curved body ending in a type of stinger. I’ve included a side view and a back view.
Signature: Hailey

Small Eyed Sphinx

Dear Hailey,
This is a Small Eyed Sphinx,
Paonias myops, and what you have mistaken for a stinger is just the curved abdomen of the male moth.  According to Sphingidae of the Americas:  “Both sexes rest with wings parallel to the resting surface, with the upper lobes of the hindwings protruding above the forewings.  The lower abdomen of the male arcs upward toward the head, while the abdomen of the female hangs strait down on a vertical surface.”  The wings on your individual do not appear especially tattered to us.

Small Eyed Sphinx

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: West Virginia

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