Subject:  Sorry it’s on a poop!
Geographic location of the bug:  New Hampshire dog poop!
Date: 06/17/2019
Time: 12:32 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What the holy hell?  I love bugs but this one?!  I have no idea!
How you want your letter signed:  Horseygirl8872

Nessus Sphinx on Feces

Dear Horseygirl8872,
This is a moth known as a Nessus Sphinx, and we have numerous images on our site of Nessus Sphinx Moths nectaring on flowers, but none on feces.  Many butterflies and moths will take nourishment from fresh feces.  As they draw moisture, they also benefit from minerals and other substances that are expelled from the bodies of mammals.  BugGuide also has documentation of a Nessus Sphinx on dog feces, and we have this documentation in our own archives.

Location: New Hampshire

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