Walnut Sphinx

Subject: Poplar Hawkmoth in Texas?
Location: Wise County, Texas
July 9, 2013 9:36 am
Photographed this today just off my deck – I’m in Wise County, Texas. It looks like the UK moth, but this is Texas! Have they moved here, or is this a related species? Thanks!
Signature: Mary

Walnut Sphinx
Walnut Sphinx

Hi Mary,
Your moth is in the same family, Sphingidae, as the Poplar Hawkmoth.  This is a Walnut Sphinx, Amorpha juglandis, and according to the Sphingidae of the Americas:  “The adults are also highly variable; sometimes wings of an individual may be all one color or may have several colors, ranging from pale to dark brown, and may have a white or pink tinge. Patterns range from faint to pronounced.”

Hey, Daniel!
Thank you so much for your quick response.  I love its name!  It’s gone off to wherever moths fly away to, but I truly enjoyed seeing it – what a beauty!

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