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Blinded Sphinx

Paonias excaecata

Description:

Unique leaflike wing shape. Mohawk-like tuft on head. Light dusty brown color over slightly darker base color with purple highlights. Long, "worm-like" antennae rested along wings.

Habitat:

Found in Northeast Missouri, near mostly fruit and nut orchards, but other wooded areas are nearby

Notes:

Photo taken on brick building outdoors where moth was found. Moth stood with body curved -- possibly a defensive position? Unsure if it is normal/typical for this species.

2 Comments

kizzay
kizzay 7 years ago

@ceherzog your photos are much nicer! Uncanny timing though :)

ceherzog
ceherzog 7 years ago

Funny, I just posted this exact moth!

kizzay
Spotted by
kizzay

Louisiana, Missouri, USA

Spotted on Aug 9, 2013
Submitted on Aug 9, 2013

Spotted for Mission

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