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Erinnyis alope

Erinnyis alope
5 mi. south of Wimberley, Tx, Hays County, Texas, USA
October 10, 2007
Size: 2.25" length
An ID feature not always discernable in overhead photos is a fine thoracic crest. The Alope Sphinx has one like a solitary plateau in Utah, as if we could miss the enormous span of the scalloped 'bat' wings.

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I'd say yes, Erinnyis alope ... especially if the HW color was yellow with a strong black border. E. alope has been recorded in a couple counties not too far from you in S. Texas (Bee county is about 125 miles south). It's not too great a stretch that one or more could stray your way, or that it may even be expanding its range northward.

* Edit - Apparently E.alope has strayed even further north, including Arkansas, Kansas and beyond according to Bill Oehlke's site.

Ah well, I was using Bill's s
Ah well, I was using Bill's sight for this image. Then id have to agree with E. alope.

This individual was found next to E. obscura same day, first light, rural store, certain bird food. So strong is the wording on the add image form proscribing 'dead bugs', that I hesitate to offer specimen photos as ID material, but both of these can be viewed here. I seem to recall someone reporting one or both of these in east Texas, on TX Butterflies Listserver around Aug'07 because it wasn't long until I encountered them.

Very nice images. If I'm understanding correctly, and the pinned specimen you linked to is the same as this photo, it is definitely E. alope. Also, to be honest, if it's the same specimen, I personally think it would be a great addition and benefit to the guide to have your pinned photo attached to this one, but at least the link you provided to your other photos shows the spread view.

Same alope individual
Yes, but dead links can't be recalled in comments when the image moves; took your advice.

Great spread
Excellent addition to the Guide. The specimen, the spread, the photo, the lighting ... all fantastic. I'm glad you added it.

no records
As far as I can tell, Erinnyis alope hasn't been recorded in central texas, only extreme southern TX. It could be a stray or a new record. Also it could be Erinnyis lassauxi which is similar and has been recorded in central TX.

UPDATE: After seeing that picture of it spread I see now that it's deff E. alope

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