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Sphinx on Oenothera sp. - Eumorpha achemon

Sphinx on Oenothera sp. - Eumorpha achemon
Arvada, Jefferson County, Colorado, USA
July 20, 2011
Eumorpha achemon?
Scared this Sphinx moth out of a clump of Evening Primrose. I hope I was not the one that caused the damage you see! It was very lethargic, and allowed me to guide it onto my hand for a better photo before flying off.

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It is indeed an Achemon Sphinx
The moth was probably resting for the day (they are mostly nocturnal), and it possibly also took some nectar from the Evening Primrose flower (I see it's covered in pollen). They won't damage these plants though, the caterpillars feed on things in the Grape family (Grapes and Virginia Creeper are favorites - in fact there is a half-grown pink one on a Virginia Creeper right outside one of my windows here in Albuquerque, right now.)

 
Thanks! I was chopping away,
Thanks! I was chopping away, trying to tame the primrose, and was afraid I'd chopped the poor things abdomen off until I saw it was just curled under.
We see day-flying sphinxes every once and a while at Applewood, so it was neat to find this guy (gal?)

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