Achemon Sphinx

What is this? Is it a butterfly?
July 31, 2009
I have been wondering if this is just some kind of butterfly. I found this in my backyard. I thought it was just a leaf, but the only tree I have in my yard is a pine tree. It is summer time as well, so there are not many dead leaves around right now, which is what this looks like.
Do you have any ideas what this could be?
New Mexico

Achemon Sphinx
Achemon Sphinx

Hi Kristina,
This is a moth, not a butterfly.  It is an Achemon Sphinx, Eumorpha achemon, and you may read more about it on Bill Oehlke’s wonderful website.

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