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Blinded Sphinx

Paonias excaecata


Individual found tossing in grass near my mothing setup—a bedsheet with a UV blacklight attached.


Found on the edge of a coniferous/deciduous mixed forest.


One of the eyed sphinxes (subfamily Smerinthinae), Paonias excaecata is characterized by a brown forewing with varying shades of brown and slightly purple hues. The hindwings are mix of sunset colors, comprising one eyespot on each wing. Moths in the Sphingidae family (sphinx, hawk moths) are the featured family this year at National Moth Week.

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Jacob Gorneau
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Jacob Gorneau

New York, USA

Spotted on Jul 21, 2015
Submitted on Jul 24, 2015

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