-- A FEW MOTHS AND CATERPILLARS FROM THE YARD --
A fresh Achemon Sphinx (Eumorpha achemon) resting on a branch in the front yard. The local host plant is Canyon grape (4 August 2007)
A tiny green Terloo Sphinx Moth (Proserpinus terlooii), one of two present at the time, nectars on verbena (24 July 2008)
An unconnon species in the yard is Hummingbird Sphinx (Hemaris thetis). Here one feeds on Buddleia (19 August 2010)
A locally uncommon sphinx moth (Aellopos sp. possibly A. clavipes) nectaring on Verbena pulchella (12 August 2006) (Id. suggested by Cliff Ferris)
A very pretty brown morph Typhon Sphinx (Eumorpha typhon) feeding on grape vine (3 September 2012)
A Small-eyed Sphinx feeding on cherry. There were about eight of them on this small plant and they pretty much stripped it. Some had more red spots. (6 September 2012).
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Manduca rustica on Desert Willow (25 July 2005) (Karen LeMay photo) (L), Manduca sexta on Datura (24 July 2006) (R)
A limacodid caterpillar (Isa schaefferana) sits on a stucco wall near its oak hostplant (8 October 2007) (Id. Marc Epstein)
Related to silk moths is Dicogaster coronada (Family Lasiocampidae) (above). This female came in to a lit window on 4 Aug 2007 (id. Bruce Walsh). She remained here and oviposited on 10 August (below left). The eggs began to hatch on 25 August (below right).
Pseudhapigia brunnea, a member of the family Notodontidae, is a decidedly local species with little presence in the U.S. These came to the porch light (3 and 4 August 2008).
The locally common Ctenucha venosa on Eupatorium (2 Sep 2005)
Found in much of the U.S., this Clouded Crimson (Schinia gaurae) uses various species of gaura. (25 August 2012)
Oculea Silkmoth (Antheraea oculea) at light on porch (1 Aug 2004) (L); Dichorda consequaria (Family Geometridae-inchworms) at light (16 Nov 2005) (Id. Noel McFarland) (R)
Another geometrid, a female Nacophora cristifera at a lit window (26 July 2007)
The Bilobed Looper (Megalographa biloba) is a a member of the family Noctuidae. Here, one nectars at dusk on verbena (10 July 2010) (Id. Noel McFarland)
Black Witchs are summer visitors from the tropics. Here, a male roosts on the porch (22 Aug 2005)
The noctuid Opsigalea blanchardi uses Buddleia as a host plant (6 September 2006) (Id. Noel McFarland)
This beautiful caterpillar is a Western grape leaf skeletonizer (Harrisina metallica) (Family Zygaenidae), a species that can cause significant damage to grape crops. Several were present in the yard on Canyon grape (26 June 2010) (Id. Noel McFarland)
Cucullia (Family Noctuidae) is a large genus with many beautiful caterpillars that become small, drab moths. Here, one feeds on aster (6 September 2006)
A caterpillar in the family Notodontidae, probably Datana perfusa on a sumac, one of about 15 on the shrub (11 September 2012) (Id. Dave Wagner).
A spectacular caterpillar of the Hickory Horned Devil/Regal Moth (Citheronia regalis) on wild cotton, one of about six on the plant (3 September 2012)
White-lined Sphinx Moth on Gaura (10 August 2006)
White-lined Sphinx Moth (Hyles lineata) (6 August 2006) (Karen LeMay photos)
Melipotis indomita, a noctuid, at light (11 June 2006) (Id. C. D. Ferris)
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