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August 23, 2012 / Rae Spencer

Sphinx Moths

At dusk, the ginger lilies’ powerful perfume fills the yard, drawing hawk moths and sphinx moths.  They arrive in the last moments of twilight, large shadows flitting silently among blooms that almost glow in the dark. The moths hover as they sip nectar with impressively long tongues.

Tonight’s visitors were mostly Carolina sphinx moths, a new species for the yard.


  1. bardessdmdenton / Sep 5 2012 3:10 PM

    Amazing photos, Rae!

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