Subject: Hidden Beauty
Location: Miami Lakes, FL
January 5, 2016 4:24 pm
Found this amazing bug in my front yard while doing the yard work. I mistook it for some leaves. I have never seen such a bug. I have trolled this sight yet haven’t found a match. What really struck me about this bug was the lack of antenna ‘s and those large black eyes. Please help me identify.
Signature: Local bug lover

Ficus Sphinx

Fig Sphinx

Dear Local bug lover,
Your images of a Fig Sphinx,
Pachylia ficus, are absolutely stunning and they really nicely illustrate how well camouflaged the moth can be with fallen leaves.  It has been several years since we posted a new image of an adult Ficus Sphinx on our site, though we have many recent caterpillar images.  The Ficus Sphinx is reported from Texas and Florida, and the caterpillars feed on the leaves of Ficus or fig trees.  More information on the Fig Sphinx can be found on the Sphingidae of the Americas site.

Ficus Sphinx

Fig Sphinx

Location: Miami Lakes, Florida

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