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Cerisy’s Sphinx

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Many sphinx moths are excellent photographic subjects because of their nocturnal nature. For example, this Cerisy’s sphinx (Smerinthus cerisyi) was sitting on some iris leaves in our yard (Modoc County CA). It never moved while being photographed. I was then … Continue reading

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Sphinx Moth Caterpillar

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Butterflies and moths go through four stages in their life cycle – egg, several larvae or caterpillar phases (called instars), pupae and adult. Sphinx moth Pachysphinx occidentalis) caterpillars are beginning to burrow underground where they will pupate in shallow burrows before eventually metamorphosing … Continue reading

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