Tersa Sphinx Moth Surprise!

In late November we rescued this Tersa sphinx moth caterpillar from the top of our trash can.  How it got there I’ll never know.  We placed it in a safe big aquarium with lots of leaves and sticks.  It turned into a pupa shortly thereafter and emerged last week.  We released it into the garden and it flew away at dusk. This moth (Xylophanes tersa) is a kind of hawk or hummingbird moth that drinks nectar at night.  What a beauty!

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

8 Responses to Tersa Sphinx Moth Surprise!

  1. You are obviously good caretakers! Fascinating transformation.

  2. SoyBend says:

    Cool! It’s beautiful as a caterpillar and a moth.

  3. How exciting to be able to watch this amazing metamorphosis.

  4. Kamila Pala says:

    WOW! Cool click and interesting text! Bye. K

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