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Cuban Sphinx - Eupyrrhoglossum sagra

Cuban Sphinx - Eupyrrhoglossum sagra
Islamorada, Monroe County, Florida, USA
December 23, 2008

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Wow! What a ...
This is always a great find! Nice shots as well.

Thank you,
There are at least several of the cubans here every night since the plants started blooming, but we may never have id'd them if not for the photo and info you posted.

Glad that my photo...
Glad that my photo was able to help you ID this great little guy. These are not commonly encountered and are thought to stray from Cuba on occasion or even have occasional established breeding colonies in the Keys from time to time. Would love to find one of these feeding as you did!

Now that we know they're unco
Now that we know they're uncommon, we're curious to see if they come back the next time the corn plants bloom, which should be at least once more this winter. There were also Mournful, Grotes and I think Tantalus on the flowers. It was great fun!

Hi Shelby:
Just for a matter of record, what time(s) had you seen this individual feeding? Was it relatively consistent times during the day or evening? Thanks again for all the info in your last posting. Alan

Around 12/19 the corn plant (dracaena fragrans) had been in bloom for 1 or 2 days (the flowers only open at night) and we first saw a Cuban Sphinx at about 5:30ish. After that, each night shortly before dark we would wait for the first moth to appear. It was the same time every night almost to the minute. We saw Cubans every night. On the best night there were 5 or 6 Cubans present at the same time. They were gone by full dark, which meant the show only lasted about 20-30 minutes. Last night the plants only had a few flowers and we saw only 2 Grotes'. We're curious where/what everybody is eating now.

Alan, it's not a good photo b
Alan, it's not a good photo but I posted a pic that shows 3 Cubans. We were working 2 plants 25 feet apart and are guessing 5-6 total...They move pretty fast.

You are lucky to have seen so many at the same time. What a treat! Thanks for the additional info and hope your butterfly garden continues to yield great enjoyment for you!

Huh, I was archiving for 2008 and found a photo marked unknown moth. Have attached it for you to see, then I will Frass it. Unless I'm wrong it's also a Cuban. Taken at 10am on Feb 9, 2008, it was on my porch in Islamorada. Is this something to post if we see them in the future or is it not necessary since they are known to be here?

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