Some of our most interesting and beautiful backyard residents are animals were rarely see.  A classic example of this is the pandorus sphinx (Eumorpha pandus). 

       Jacob Hubner named this moth a little over 200 years ago (1821). He named the moth after an archer named Pandorus that that fought in the battle of troy.  His name was immortalized by Homer in the Iliad.

       The pandorus sphinx is a large insect (3-4.5”) in length.  It varies in color from green to brown while its wings display a distinctive pattern (see accompanying photo).

The photo was provided by Robyn Tamas.

         Pandorus sphinx moths range across the entire state of Georgia.  Although they seem of do well in urban settings, and suburban yards, their natural habitats include woodlands, human-altered habitats and even pine barrens.

        The moth’s host plants include peppervine, grap and Virginia creeper.

       The adults nectar on a variety of plants.  Interestingly they are often seen nectaring at milkweed blossoms.  One of the best times to see this moth nectaring is at dusk.

       However, most folks see them beneath the outside lights of homes, office buildings, gasoline stations and the like.  However, a good number of them turn up during the daytime on the sides of homes and other buildings.

       Be on the lookout for the interesting pollinator.  If you are lucky enough to spot one, have your cellphone ready as I am sure you will want to photograph it.

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