Lettered Sphinx, Deidamia inscripta

Photos by Claire Curry

All photos are of the same pair.

This mating pair (female above and male below) looked like a dead leaf at first glance.  Then Kathy Saucier came over and noticed what they really were - sphinx moths!

March 17, 2006, Unit 71, Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands, Wise County, Texas

Even the underside of the wings is pretty.

March 17, 2006, Unit 71, Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands, Wise County, Texas

They were perched on a briar stem near the bottom of a wooded ravine on a cool (mid 50s F) and cloudy afternoon.

March 17, 2006, Unit 71, Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands, Wise County, Texas

Kathy put her finger under the moth and it flared its antennae and perched on her.

March 17, 2006, Unit 71, Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands, Wise County, Texas

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