Banded Sphinx

Tue, Apr 14, 2009 at 6:54 PM
Just want to double check this is a “hawk moth”. We had a huge rain and this thing showed up on our screen. We live on Daytona Beach.
Thanks for your help!
Daytona Beach, Florida

Banded Sphinx
Banded Sphinx

Hi Holly,
We sometimes confuse two species.  We believe this is a Banded Sphinx, Eumorpha fasciatus, which can be viewed on Bill Oehlke’s excellent website.  The species we confuse it with is the Vine Sphinx, Eumorpha vitus, which can also ve viewed on Bill Oehlke’s excellent Website.  Our money is on the Banded Sphinx.  Yesterday we lost our internet connectivity and were unable to post any new letters.  Today we are running late and have a very long work day, 14 hours, so we are struggling to post your letter before driving (we usually take the train).

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