Subject: beautiful moth
Location: Austin, TX
September 22, 2014 8:37 pm
Hello! Can you please tell me if this a harnessed tiger moth?
I would greatly appreciate your expertise!
Your beautiful moth is a Vine Sphinx, Eumorpha vitis, which you can verify on the Sphingidae of the Americas site. A very similar looking species is the Banded Sphinx, which is also found in Texas.
Thank you so much, Daniel! We will be researching to learn more about the Vine Sphinx with our neighbors and homeschool friends.