Small Eyed Sphinx

Subject: Moth
Location: Toledo, OH
June 9, 2017 2:31 pm
Hi, found this moth at my mom’s house in the woods of NW Ohio.
Signature: Sam

Small Eyed Sphinx

Dear Sam,
This pretty moth is a Small Eyed Sphinx.  If you disturb it, it will reveal spotted underwings that resemble eyes, an effective defense mechanism against predators like birds who might be startled upon seeing what appears to be the eyes of a larger creature gazing back at them.  You can read more about the Small Eyed Sphinx on the Sphingidae of the Americas site.


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