Small Eyed Sphinx

Subject: WTB
Location: Fishing Creek, MD USA
May 17, 2016 9:00 pm
HI, can you identify? It’s 1 inch long
Signature: Mike F.

Small Eyed Sphinx
Small Eyed Sphinx

Dear Mike,
This is a Small Eyed Sphinx,
Paonias myops, and if you disturb it so that it reveals its underwings, you would see the markings that give this species its common name.  Eyespots on underwings are a defense mechanism that might frighten of a predator like a bird that might perceive a threat from a much larger creature with large “eyes.”

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