Moths are among the most unappreciated backyard inhabitants. Although many are just as beautiful as the most gorgeous butterflies, we rarely see them since many primarily fly at night. A good example of one of these nocturnal beauties is the banded sphinx (Euromorpha fasciatus).
Kim Walton (the administrator for this blog) recently found one of these moths lying on the ground in her garage one morning as she was about to leave. Although the moth was alive, it did not attempt to fly away.
The banded sphinx is a large moth (3.4 inches). It lays its eggs on a number of host plants including water primrose, grape, and Virginia creeper.
It is a nocturnal feeder. While we are asleep, it is flying about nectaring at a variety of plants.
Since the banded sphinx ranges across the entire state, if you keep your eyes peeled, you might find one of these strikingly beautiful moths in your yard too.