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I was delighted to find this beauty by the river at Blakeley today... it took hours of online searching, but I hope I finally have the ID right!

Have a wonderful, safe, fun weekend, everyone!!!

I acquire an emotional bond with some of the caterpillars I encounter, and just have to check back on them, as I can, to make sure they are doing okay... this cutie is doing just fine, so far!

This Waved Sphinx Moth (CERATOMIA UNDULOSA) just eclosed yesterday from a cocoon

I found this fellow this morning all mangled but still alive. I hope he lives his life out in my garden.

This Waved Sphinx Moth (CERATOMIA UNDULOSA) just eclosed yesterday from a cocoon

A very rainy weekend here, but Chaney and I both decided to ignore the bad weather and hike the Upper Delta today...so glad we did, despite having to keep our cameras in plastic bags...we had a ton of fun and found some awesome caterpillars! This stunningly colored young Waved Sphinx that Chaney found was a highlight, and reminded me of a Christmastime rocking horse! We'd never seen one with such pronounced colors before...well worth getting soaked for!

Don Robinson State Park

Jefferson County

Cedar Hill

Missouri

Mothing with Ky and Matt, who found all the wonderful cats.

Body length 40 cm. On a young entomologist's shirt at Moth Night.

Waved sphinx moths are named for the wavy markings on their wings. Otherwise, they don't show much color at all, being mostly shades of gray. Look for their caterpillars to be eating ash tree leaves.

This guy started my Upper Delta hike off on a good note yesterday! Comprised of 35,795 acres, the Upper Delta Wildlife Refuge is the ultimate in social distancing...I was the only person there yesterday, with plenty of shoulder room...face mask not required! 😄

It offers plenty of insect species seldom seen in my other hiking spots...it's like a whole other world, truly the forest primeval!

This younger instar Waved Sphinx at Choctaw lacked the bulk, colors and pink head stripes of yesterday's posted mature instar...but it was cool to find two in two days!

Waved sphinx moths are big, but still hard to see when they're hiding on a tree trunk! Their caterpillars eat green ash leaves around here, and it will be interesting to see what happens to their local population as the emerald ash borer moves in and starts killing all our ash trees.

This one just eclosed for me today

Taken with my Huawei Mate 8 Cell Phone !

It had been two years since the last Waved Sphinx cat encounter, so this one was a great find by Chaney in the Upper Delta...we also encountered a younger one the next day at the Choctaw Wildlife Refuge! This one was so large that it appeared ready to pupate!

Waved Sphinx Moth

 

say HELLO on black

isn't this a sweet face, it seemed quite comfortable to be crawling on my hand.

 

another busy weekend with friends... there will be a gathering around our neighbors camp fire tonight

tomorrow night - porch jams here with Steve n Kip pickin' guitars ← last weekend jams

 

our friend Rab is here, I set up the tent all cushy with cots and extra padding for him.

Kachina was sure to test it out ← click to see

Rab does some dandy light painting - have a look at his photostream.

he is entering his vintage Triumph MC into a Bike Show at the local resort.

 

his wife will get here later today - it's been much too long since she and I had a gab session on the porch.

  

Standing in your heart

Is where I want to be

And long to be,

Ah, but I may as well try and catch the wind.

~Donovan ← ♫

    

more photos below ↓

 

☮ + ♥

   

A Waved Sphinx Moth caterpillar crossing The Kate Pace Way in North Bay, Ontario Canada.

Fat and green at about two and a half inches long this Waved Sphinx Moth larva will turn into that night visitor from the previous post or something similar.

A very rainy weekend here, but Chaney and I both decided to ignore the bad weather and hike the Upper Delta today...so glad we did, despite having to keep our cameras in plastic bags...we had a ton of fun and found some awesome caterpillars! This stunningly colored young Waved Sphinx that Chaney found was a highlight, and reminded me of a Christmastime rocking horse! We'd never seen one with such pronounced colors before...well worth getting soaked for!

This one just eclosed for me today...

It had been two years since the last Waved Sphinx cat encounter, so this one was a great find by Chaney in the Upper Delta...we also encountered a younger one the next day at the Choctaw Wildlife Refuge! This one was so large that it appeared ready to pupate!

photographed in Salisbury, Wicomico County, Maryland USA

19 May 2017

The best find at the moth light last night was this Waved Sphinx moth, the first one I've seen this year. Luckily he was a lot more cooperative than some of the other sphinxes I've had lately (he perched pretty quickly after arriving, instead of buzzing all over the place for ages).

This guy was parked outside our doorway. I've learnt that there's much more than what meets the eye so macro it was going to be. Check out the next few images to explore his nails, guarded eyes and mink coat.

waved Sphinx Moth was the best match I could find for this fellow. I spotted him at work on the side of a cabinet were he remained for my entire shift. He was a large moth with a wingspan of about 4 inches. I decided at the end of my shift to bring him home for a photo or two. All went well with putting him into a plastic container, then came the ride home. The bouncing about on the ride home seemed to reawaken him and he arrived at my house about as angry as a Sphinx Moth can get. My plan was to place him on a tree outside to photograph him, but this photo I took after opening the container was the only one I got. just after this photo he began warming up his wings and took off. That put an end to our photo session, LOL. May 2013

Order: Lepidoptera,

Family: Sphingidae (Sphinx Moths),

Ontario, Canada - July 12, 2009

 

Ceratomia undulosa, Brigham County Park, Dane County Wisconsin, 27 August 2017.

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