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Manduca sexta (?) Jan. 2019 in San Diego - Cocytius antaeus

Manduca sexta (?) Jan. 2019 in San Diego - Cocytius antaeus
San Marcos, San Diego County, California, USA
January 4, 2019
Size: 8.5cm wingtip to body
Found dead along sidewalk about 6pm. First though it a dead young swift, it laid with white belly up, due to the large size (in the dorsal view photo the horizontal distance from wing tip to wing tip is 5.5 inches). Looked closer with flashlight and saw it was a moth! Took it home to make these photos. (graph paper scale in image shows 5x5mm blocks)

Specimen was in good physical condition, wings could still be moved, nothing had been eating it, so I assume it died within hours? Seemed unusual to find this here in January. Nighttime low temps have been in mid 30's here with daytime highs 60-70F.

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Manduca sexta (?) Jan. 2019 in San Diego - Cocytius antaeus Manduca sexta (?) Jan. 2019 in San Diego - Cocytius antaeus

Moved- Cocytius
Moved from ID Request.

This seems to be showing up in CA in recent years, all records that I am aware of have been on BugGuide! Nice one!

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