Tuesday, July 6, 2010

An Exceptional Guest

This year’s 4th of July holiday included a welcome extra day off, giving me time for a few garden “chores”.  I just replaced a blade on one of my Felco pruners and was testing them out on the coral honeysuckle that grows around my rain tank.  An odd leaf attracted my attention … do you see it?
CamoMothJuly2010
It’s a Eumorpha pandorus, also known as a Pandora Sphinx moth or camouflage moth.  Here’s a peek at the underside, too.
CamoUndersideJuly2010 
In my garden, 2010’s been a great year for Lepidoptera, especially giant swallowtails.  But this?!!  WOW.  I have no idea where it came from or how I happened to see it, but it was certainly an honored guest.   
Anyone see these regularly in their garden or know their migration route?