Mr. Sphinx Moth Stops By

Will you look at that fella? With the big eyes and finely-shaped antennae? You just know he's a casanova of the moth world.

Too bad he scared the living dookie out of me when I was doing laundry.

Of course, that's not his fault. To access our laundry room, you've actually got to go outside on our covered patio, brave possible spiderwebs to get to the room that DEFINITELY has spiderwebs, pull the chain to "ka-clink" on the single, interrogation-bright bulb, take a squinty, hasty look around to be sure creatures best reserved for Halloween aren't startled into jumping, scuttling over, or otherwise freaking you out - all to enjoy the privelege of stuffing dirty socks into a tub before beating a hasty retreat. It may not be fun, but it sure as hell still beats the laundromat.

The good news is that Mothra was one of the better laundry buddies I've had. Between the spiders, the rat and that horrible South American-sized shiny-backed beetle with legs out to there (!!!), I'm taking Captain Fluttersville any day of the week - even with his silent "now you see me, now you don't" tendencies.

The Varmint tells me, in his best biology-boy voice, that this is a sphinx moth. I believe him, but even if I didn't I would still call him that. It's SUCH a cool name. He stayed still and quiet and let us take tons of pictures of him, even up-close.

I never did see him leave. But what else would you expect? He's a SPHINX moth.


  1. The Varmint said on March 9, 2007 10:12

    Specifically (get the pun? biology humor is SO FUNNY!) this is a Lepidoptera Sphingidae Hyles Lineata, more commonly known as a White-Lined Sphinx Moth. It is native to most North American Deserts and feeds nocturnally on flower nectar. Check here or here for more info.

    -- The Varmint


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