Mossy Sphinx

Manduca muscosa

Mossy Sphinx, Manduca muscosa, photo © by M. Plagens

Arrived at ultaviolet collecting lights in Florida Canyon, Sta. Rita Mountains, Arizona, USA. 27 July 2013.

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Another tropical insect that just reaches its northern most range in the riparian canyons of southeastern Arizona, Mew Mexico and Texas. The gray pattern may be very dark to light gray. By day it can perch almost unnoticed on the trunks of trees, blending perfectly into the bark pattern.

Sphingidae -- Sphinx Moth Family

light setup for collection of moths at night

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