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Smerinthus ophthalmica

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While watering my peonies early one morning I noticed a mating pair of sphinx moths clinging to a peony stem (Modoc County CA). Even when I gently repositioned the stem for photographs, the moths did not fly. They remained in … 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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