Nessus Sphinx

Subject:  Hummingbird Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Alachua, Fl.
Date: 02/27/2018
Time: 11:14 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello.  We get many hummingbird moths each Spring as they love to nectar on our orange blossoms.  This is the first I’ve seen with white stripes.  Newly emerged, perhaps?  Impressive insect.  Fast little buggers.  Hard to photograph.
How you want your letter signed:  Elizabeth C.

Nessus Sphinx

Dear Elizabeth,
According to Sphingidae of the Americas, there are at least 65 species of Sphinx Moths, sometimes called Hummingbird Moths, reported from Flordia.  This is a Nessus Sphinx,
Amphion floridensis, and you can read more about the species on Sphingidae of the Americas.

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