Jul 23, 2007

Winged Beast

Mothra's got some competition. This mini aircraft of a moth flew into the underside of Matt's porch at his place in south Texas. It measured in with a 7 1/4 inch wingspan.

Is there anyone out there that can identify this winged beast? I'm sure Matt and his girlfriend would like some assurance that his house isn't being invaded by a fledgling gargantuan. Tokyo wouldn't mind some reassurance either, for that matter.

Thanks for the photos, Matt.


Anonymous said...

The size description alone leads me to believe it's either one of the Saturniid species of moths, or one of the Sphinx moth species. They're about as close to Mothra as you can get! But without a clear picture of the wing pattern, I can't tell which type it is. Can the picture-taker provide more detailed info about the wings? Like the color, any spots or splotches, and their shape...? That would help tremendously! :-)


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Arachnophile said...

Denita beat me to it but yeah, without a good look at the wing-patterns I wouldn't try to narrow the I.D. any further. I can tell you that it looks like a female, nto that it narrows things AT ALL. :D

Anonymous said...

Possibly a sphynx moth. Hard to tell from this view.

Anonymous said...

i agree, Sphynx moth would be my first guess...

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