Gaudy Sphinx Moth



Gaudy Sphinx Moth

The Gaudy Sphinx Moth range includes North, Central, and South America. In North America, it rarely ventures north of the Gulf coast states, Arizona, and New Mexico. They can grow to the size of a human hand as was this one that was on the wall outside my front door.

It is known as the Gaudy Sphinx Moth due to its remarkable markings and the amazing array of colors on its wings in a combination of green, blue, red, and yellow colors on the wings. The green striking green moth have long narrow wings and thick bodies that are covered in hairs. The fore-wings are much longer than the hind-wings. The hairy bodies are pointed at the head and back of the body. Because of their size and appearance, these moths are sometimes mistaken for hummingbirds — they are sometimes called hummingbird moths. And like hummingbirds, these moths hover over flowers to consume nectar.



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