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Catalpa Sphinx - Ceratomia catalpae

Catalpa Sphinx - Ceratomia catalpae
Maplesville, Chilton County, Alabama, USA
April 24, 2018
This was a brown sphinx-type moth with a wingspan of about 5.0 cm. His thorax had bands of brownish black on the sides, which had the appearance of an upside down horseshoe. Under that, there were two black crescents, both curling inward toward the thorax, but not quite touching in the midline. His AM line was very jagged and seemed to meander back up to the basal area where it became vague. Just under the lowest dip in the AM line were two darker brown orbicular rings that were the same color of brown on the inside as the outside. His PM line was also quite jagged and followup a general parallel course with the AM line. His subterminal line seemed to be segments of short waves (or brush strokes) and it seemed to be doubled for about half its distance medially. His apices were a lighter tan, contrasting with the brown under his subterminal line. He also had quite pronounced dark brown wavy apical streaks. He had rusty colored vertical hashes extending from the subterminal line to the outer margin. His abdomen was demarcated with nine dark brown segments, thicker and more rusty colored toward his basal region. Segments 5, 6, and 7 had a central vertical dark brown line. I didn't notice any fringe. But his outer margin did have spots of white in between the rusty vertical lines. These white spots were more vivid on looking at him closely with a flashlight, almost like reflectors on a bicycle.

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