Unknown Large Moth
July 17, 2009
Found today on July 17, 09. It mostly has gray coloring matching the local oak and pine trees. Its hind wings have brilliant burgundy markings. Would love to know what it is and any info you can give me. Thanks!!!
South of Yosemite National Park, CA – At 25-2,600 ft. elevation
Dear Miss Bolding,
Your moth is a Western Poplar Sphinx, Pachysphinx occidentalis. It is found in western North America. There is a light and a dark form, and your moth is a lovely example of the light form.