Big Poplar Sphinx

Very Large Grey / Brown Moth
Wed, May 6, 2009 at 8:29 PM
I found this Moth flying outside my sliding glass window tonight. I had just gotten home at 9 pm and turned on the porch light and noticed this thing was trying to get in. I thought it was a small bird at the beginning but then saw it was a moth of some sort. It is in the mid 70’s right now and moist outside. I did spray fir bugs today outside the perimeter of my home. Please help, I hate bugs.
I would say this thing is a good 2.5 inches in length . Scarey.
Thanks Wendy
Santa Clarita, Ca

Big Poplar Sphinx
Big Poplar Sphinx

Hi Wendy,
How lucky you are to have seen a Big Poplar Sphinx, Pachysphinx occidentalis occidentalis, which is found in western North America from Canada to Baja California.  It truly is a magnificent moth.  You can read more about it on Bill Oehlke’s excellent website.

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